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Western New York Resident Promoted to Manage Energy Services Programs at New York Power Authority

Connie Cullen

September 7, 2007


WHITE PLAINS—Jim Bejarano, a resident of the Town of Cheektowaga, was recently promoted to a program manager of the Statewide Energy Services Program for the New York Power Authority (NYPA).  Bejarano, a 12-year veteran of NYPA, most recently held the position of lead project engineer for implementing numerous energy-efficient lighting and mechanical energy conservation projects across Western and Central New York. 

“Jim possesses the superior qualifications of leadership and knowledge needed to manage NYPA’s Statewide Energy Services Program,” said Angelo Esposito, senior vice president, Energy Services and Technology, NYPA.  “He has shown through many diverse energy-efficiency projects that he is ready to handle the additional responsibilities of directing and coordinating NYPA’s efforts in these areas on a state-wide basis.” 

“I am very excited about assuming one of the leading roles in NYPA’s energy conservation efforts, especially working with the best staff one could hope for spread across the state,” said Bejarano.  “This dedicated team will ensure the growth and continued success of NYPA’s Statewide Energy Services Program.” 

Bejarano joined NYPA in November 1994 as an associate conservation engineer.  Over his career at NYPA, he has also held the positions of conservation engineer, conservation program engineer, in addition to lead project engineer.  He has worked on a wide variety of projects in Western New York, ranging from lighting upgrades at the Erie County Rath Building to boiler and energy management system upgrades at Buffalo public schools, and window upgrades at State University of New York’s University at Buffalo Governors Complex.   

Last year, Bejarano was involved with the design and procurement of new energy-efficient light fixtures for the Niagara River rapids just above Niagara Falls.  The project helps to reduce energy and maintenance costs while also providing higher levels of more controlled lighting for this popular regional attraction.  It was installed by the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, who own Niagara Reservation State Park which includes the rapids.

Bejarano will continue to work out of NYPA’s Niagara Power Project in Lewiston where additional staff will soon be added to serve the growing number of projects in Western and Central New York.  Assisting Bejarano will be energy-efficiency staff from NYPA’s Energy Services and Technology business unit in Rochester and Clifton Park where the Power Authority has field offices, and from NYPA’s main administrative offices in White Plains. 

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in December 1990, Bejarano worked as an energy-efficiency technician at the Northwestern Pennsylvania Energy Center, providing energy audits for small facilities, not-for-profit organizations, and state and local government agencies.   

In February 1992, Bejarano accepted a position as project engineer at Energy Investment, Inc. (which has subsequently been acquired by Duke Solutions) in Lodi, New Jersey, where he designed and implemented many lighting energy conservation projects. By the end of 1994, he had risen to the positions of senior project engineer and then project manager. 

Bejarano lives in the Town of Cheektowaga; an eastern suburb of Buffalo, with his wife, Jill, a local Girl Scout leader, and his two daughters—ages 17 and 13. He is an avid bicyclist and periodically volunteers with his daughters’ Girl Scout troop. 

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   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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