Agency contacts:                                                         NYSERDA contact
Gayle Dougherty (                        Colleen Ryan (
Phone: 978-525-3742                                                    Phone: 866-NYSERDA ext. 3359

NYPA Contact:                                                            Queens Borough President Contact:
Brian Warner (                         Hugh Weinberg (
Phone: 914-390-8183                                                   Phone: 718-286-2880


Queens takes the BE COOL Challenge
Borough President Marshall helps launch air conditioner campaign to
save energy and reduce carbon impact



WHO:              New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York Power Authority
                       (NYPA), Con Edison and
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall

WHAT:           Take the BE COOL challenge to save electricity and reduce carbon dioxide emissions this summer
                      with energy efficient air conditioning.

WHERE:         Outside Queens Borough Hall at 120-55 Queens Boulevard

 WHEN:            August 1, 2007 at 1 p.m.

HOW:             As part of the BE COOL campaign administered by NYSERDA, the county with the highest percentage of
                      residents participating in the BE COOL Challenge will be honored as the “coolest”. As an added incentive, Con
                      Edison customers living in New York City or Westchester County who turn in an old, working room air
                      conditioner may earn $35 or $100 towards the purchase of a new ENERGY STAR® qualified room air

WOW!           Queens residents have already turned in 1,599 room air conditioners saving 194,325 kWh of electricity.
                     Queens has already reduced 212,202 pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking 21 cars off the
                      road for a year.

                     NYSERDA uses innovation and technology to solve some of New York's most difficult and environmental
                     problems in ways that improve the State's economy. Visit for more information.

                     NYPA is the nation's largest state-owned electric utility and provides energy-saving services and clean energy
                     technologies to public institutions including schools, hospitals and universities.  Visit to learn
                     more about the New York Power Authority.

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