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NYPA Boiler Repair at University of Albany Complete, Annual Savings Top $105,000

Brian Warner

March 7, 2007


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has just completed an innovative project to substantially increase the efficient delivery of heat required for the classrooms and offices at the New York State University at Albany campus.

“In 2006 the Power Authority completed energy-saving projects at 101 State University facilities at campuses as far south as Suffolk County and as far west as the Niagara frontier.  Rewarding as it is to know NYPA has worked with state-owned college campuses to reduce oil consumption by more than 216,000 barrels, it is especially gratifying to know my alma mater, UAlbany, has contributed to this and the energy independence these projects foster,”  said Power Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Carey.

"The University is committed to thinking and acting 'green,'" said University at Albany Provost and Officer in Charge Susan Herbst. "Through our ongoing partnership with NYPA, we are able to defray energy consumption and costs, and direct our resources to enhancing the learning experience."

This $1.4 million project centered on installing new tubing to replace old, leaking or pitted tubing in one of four existing oil and natural gas-fired hot water boilers. The 100-million Btu (British thermal unit) capacity boiler was nearing the end of its expected operational life as NYPA-managed crews working in support of campus utility staff, installed six miles of new tubing and several additional measures.   These additional features heighten the unit’s overall energy-efficiency, lower fuel consumption and eliminate frequent maintenance checks. These steps are expected to yield annual savings of more than $105,000.

Crews installed several variable speed drives on the fans used to pressurize air around the hot-water tubing. The tubing replacement project will pay for itself in approximately ten years.

In 2005, the University at Albany worked with NYPA and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to install a new $3.5 million natural gas-fueled absorption chiller which serves as the primary cooling system for air-conditioning most campus facilities.

 About NYPA:

 ■    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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