First Project Under NYPA’s Power
to Schools Energy Program Completed in Albany with State Roll-Out of
January 11, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
announced today that it has completed a $268,000 energy efficiency
project at the City School District of Albany’s district office in
Academy Park and is in the process of implementing a $2.1 million
energy efficiency project at Albany High School on Washington
Avenue. The school district is the first in New York State to
complete a project under NYPA’s Power to Schools Program.
“Saving energy is a great way to save money and
benefit the environment,” said Timothy S. Carey, NYPA President and
CEO. “The City School District of Albany, with help from the New
York Power Authority, will save $131,000 annually as a result of
energy efficiency measures. The District’s enhanced energy
efficiency equates to annually saving 1,709 barrels of oil and
avoiding 522 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.”
Carey traveled to Albany to both recognize the
energy efficiency efforts of the City of Albany School District and
to also announce a campaign to increase state-wide awareness of
NYPA’s Power to Schools program and what it can do to bring energy
efficiency—and its related savings—to New York schools, public and
The Power to Schools program, authorized by state
law, enables NYPA to assist public and private elementary and
secondary schools across the Empire State in managing energy costs
through energy efficiency and shopping for the economical power in
the competitive marketplace for electricity.
Carey said a series of regional forums, beginning
in Fishkill on January 23, will be held throughout the state to
familiarize school officials with the program.
“We were pleased to have the opportunity to partner
with the New York Power Authority on the Power to Schools program,”
said Dr. Eva Joseph, Albany Schools Superintendent. “The NYPA’s
oversight and assistance helped us undertake a project that we
otherwise might not have been able to do. As a result, we have seen
reduced energy consumption, which is very important in terms of cost
savings and reducing our impact on the environment.”
"The State Education Department is proud to work
with the New York Power Authority on promoting energy conservation
at our public and private elementary and secondary schools across
this state," said Commissioner Richard P. Mills. "Thanks to NYPA's
Power to Schools program, schools can take advantage of an easy and
cost effective way to become more energy efficient."
Based on a NYPA energy audit, the City School
District of Albany agreed to implement several energy-saving steps
at its Academy Park offices and the High School. The measures
Replacement of existing steam boilers at the
Academy Building with two new energy efficient steam boilers. The
boilers produce steam for heating and hot water in the building.
Installation of a temperature control system at the
Academy Building. The new system will include dual mode thermostats
to reduce space temperature settings, night set-back capability,
zonal control and steam traps that operate properly.
Replacement of existing chillers at the High
School. The new chillers will be 42 percent more efficient than the
Installation of a small circulation pump to provide
for night set-back capability at the high school. This equipment
will allow for temperature reduction on nights and weekends when
usage is at a minimum.
Replacement of current electric baseboard heating
with hot water baseboard heating in the high school. Providing hot
water to the baseboards will reduce electric consumption by 67
The Academy Park office, constructed in 1816, was
originally home to the Albany Boys Academy. The building was bought
by the school district in 1935 and has served various functions.
Albany High School, located at 700 Washington Avenue, was
constructed in 1974 to address a growing student population,
advancements in technology and education. Today, the school serves
more than 2500 students in grades 9 – 12 and is accredited as an
International Baccalaureate World School.
Overall project costs will be financed through
NYPA’s energy services program, allowing the school district to
avoid up-front expenses and repay the financing costs over several
years through a portion of its energy bill savings.
The New York Power Authority has completed 1,500
energy efficiency projects in government buildings across New York
State since 1990, saving $93 million in energy costs and reducing
electricity consumption by some 890,000 megawatt-hours (mWh)
■ 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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