NYPA Sets Feb. 13 Forum in Albany
on ‘Power to Schools’ Program
February 6, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—Capital District school officials will learn
about a major opportunity to save energy and money when the New York
Power Authority (NYPA) conducts a forum on its “Power to Schools”
program on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at The Clarion Hotel of Albany, 3
Watervliet Ave. Extension.
The forum, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., will
include a presentation by John Hamor, NYPA’s executive director of
state governmental relations, and Andrea Phillips, a member of the
Authority’s energy services staff.
The Power to Schools program was created by state
legislation enacted in 2004 that authorizes NYPA to assist public
and private schools throughout New York in carrying out energy
efficiency projects and using clean energy technologies such as
solar power and fuel cells. The law also allows the Power Authority
to help schools buy economical electricity in New York State’s
competitive power markets.
“Energy efficiency is vital, at all times and in
all places,” said Timothy S. Carey, NYPA’s president and chief
executive officer. “But it’s particularly important in our schools,
where every dollar not spent on energy can be spent directly for
purely educational purposes, helping to meet critical needs while
easing the burden on local taxpayers.”
The Power to Schools program creates a partnership
between the Power Authority and the State Education Department,
which will be responsible for issuing the building permits required
to perform energy efficiency work in school facilities.
NYPA will oversee all phases of a project,
beginning with an audit to identify energy-saving potential and
continuing through installation of new lighting, boilers, chillers
and other energy efficiency measures. The Authority will finance
the work with low-interest loans and will recover its costs by
sharing in the savings on energy bills, after which the
participating district will retain all savings.
The Power Authority recently completed its first
Power to Schools project, at the Albany School District’s offices in
the historic Academy Building. The work included replacement of the
building’s inefficient steam boiler plant with two new boilers and
installation of a new temperature control system.
A second project, planned for Albany High School,
will feature replacement of the current chillers and cooling tower
with more-efficient equipment, and improvements to the heating
control system. Overall, NYPA will provide financing of more than
$2.3 million for the two Albany projects, which are expected to save
the school district and taxpayers about $131,000 annually. They will
also avoid the burning of more than 1,700 barrels of oil and the
emission of more than 520 tons of greenhouse gases each year.
Statewide, the Power Authority has completed energy
efficiency projects at almost 1,200 public school facilities under
other programs. The projects include initiatives carried out in
Albany schools in 1998 and 2002 that now save the district’s
taxpayers about $300,000 a year.
The Power to Schools program builds on the earlier
efforts by authorizing participation by private schools and
confirming NYPA’s ability to carry out projects in all public
schools, including those that don’t obtain electricity from the
The Albany forum is one in a series on the Power to
Schools program that NYPA is conducting in various parts of the
School officials wishing to attend the Feb. 13
event or to arrange energy audits of their facilities may contact
Andrea Phillips at 914-391-5420 or by e-mail at
■ 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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