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N.Y. Power Authority Announces $500,000 Initiative for Energy Efficiency in the Adirondacks: Energy-Saving Upgrades to Include Adirondack Park Agency in Ray Brook

Connie Cullen

December 27, 2006


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced Wednesday a $500,000 effort to save energy and deploy clean energy technologies in the Adirondacks, commencing with an energy efficiency upgrade at the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) headquarters in Ray Brook, Essex County.

“Energy efficiency is vital to our efforts to ensure electric reliability and protect the environment in the Adirondacks,” Timothy S. Carey, NYPA’s president and chief executive officer, said.  “These have been top priorities for Governor George E. Pataki.  It is especially appropriate that the Adirondack Park Agency improve the energy efficiency of its facilities because, as the governor has often noted, state government should lead by example.”

Among the energy-saving measures to be installed at the APA headquarters are high efficiency lighting, exterior insulation, dedicated climate controls for computer areas, a new boiler and enhanced heating, ventilation and cooling controls. Estimated cost of the upgrade is $100,000.

“The APA’s headquarters building is of historic significance.  Its core log building, the former Conservation Department Park headquarters, was constructed of logs from the 1950 ‘blowdown’ event in the Adirondacks,” said APA Executive Director Richard H. Lefebvre.  “While unique for a state office building, the structure has been a challenge to operate in an energy efficient manner.  This generous grant will be of great help to us.  We are pleased to be part of the cooperative effort to advance Governor Pataki’s goal of improving energy efficiency in the Adirondack Park.”

The Power Authority is currently performing energy audits on additional facilities in the Adirondacks that would benefit from the program.

“The Power Authority has been actively engaged in providing energy savings for Adirondack communities, including major energy efficiency upgrades for the Olympic Regional

Development Authority and energy services partnerships with municipal electric systems in Lake Placid and Tupper Lake,” Carey said.  “The new initiative will help to expand those efforts and increase the environmental and economic benefits of energy efficiency in the Adirondacks.”

The initiative will be financed by Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR) funds, the proceeds of court settlements relating to oil company violations of federal price controls in the 1970s and 1980s. In New York State, NYPA administers the funds, which have been earmarked to help finance energy efficiency and clean energy technology projects at public buildings and schools across the state.

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 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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