NYPA Assists Auburn With Use of
Clean Renewable Energy Source to Heat and Cool Municipal Buildings
December 17, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUBURN—Mayor Timothy C.
Lattimore, City of Auburn, and Roger B. Kelley, president and chief
executive officer, New York Power Authority (NYPA), today announced
completion of a comprehensive $3.9 million project that includes a
geothermal heating and cooling system, a computerized
energy-management network and a variety of energy-efficiency
upgrades at 13 city-owned facilities. The project was designed,
implemented and installed under the supervision of NYPA’s Energy
Services and Technology unit.
“With the completion
of this new geothermal system at the public safety building—which
houses our fire and police departments—we have taken an important
step closer to energy independence from foreign oil. In the end, we
will be judged by how we solve our energy problems,” said Mayor
The project will yield
annual taxpayer savings of $240,000 on Auburn’s municipal electric
bills and building systems maintenance costs. Another energy cost
savings for Auburn taxpayers’ amounts to over $33,500 a year from
reduced use of natural gas and heating oil. There will also be
energy savings of 1.4 million kilowatt hours, which is enough
electricity to serve about 120 homes for a year.
project allowed the City of Auburn to make important energy
efficiency improvements at city-owned facilities that will not only
help to preserve the environment but also represent a considerable
savings for Auburn’s property taxpayers. This is truly a win-win
for Auburn and the entire region,” said Senator Michael Nozzolio.
“This is one of the initiatives that the Auburn Blueprint Task Force
has supported and I am very pleased that the City of Auburn is
leading the way in using technological advances to provide needed
services to their residents in a more efficient manner.”
energy services project was driven by Auburn’s desire to
significantly lower the energy use of its public facilities, while
helping to reduce power plant emissions,” said Kelley. “The new
geothermal system, when combined with a range of energy-efficiency
improvements, will help protect the local environment for the
enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.”
Auburn City Hall and
its police and fire headquarters are now heated and cooled with a
geothermal system, a clean renewable energy resource that captures
the ambient ground temperature stored within the Earth for heating
and cooling. The ground temperature here typically ranges from
between 50 degrees Fahrenheit (F) to 70 degrees F. The system
consists of several deep wells with specially designed piping that
connects to the building’s new pump heating and cooling system.
The system is filled
with a glycol solution (a combination of water and antifreeze) and
uses a series of electrical pumps to circulate the liquid through
the building’s new heating and cooling system. During the cold
months, the glycol captures heat energy from the soil and transfers
it to the interior areas through the heating and cooling system.
During the warm months,
the system “reverses” into cooling mode with the glycol capturing
the cool energy from the soil and is circulating it through the
heating and cooling system for transfer to the interior areas.
The climate controls
for eight of Auburn’s municipal buildings will now be managed by a
new computerized energy management system to maximize energy
efficiency and savings. In addition to City Hall, and the police
and fire headquarters, the other buildings served by this system are
the Genesee Street Municipal Parking Garage, the Public Works Garage
Building, the Upper and Lower Pumping Stations, the Water Filtration
Plant, and the Waste Water Collection and Treatment Plant.
Another focus of the
overall project for the municipal buildings were lighting
improvements. Occupancy/motion sensors that automatically turn off
lights were installed in rooms not in constant use. Standard
fluorescent fixtures were upgraded with energy-efficient T-8 lamps
and exit signs were outfitted with low-watt light emitting diodes
(LED). Incandescent light fixtures were retrofitted with
energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs.
At the Genesee Street
Municipal Parking Garage and the Public Works Garage Building, newly
installed photocells and timer-controlled light fixtures provide
light for improved safety.
At Casey Park Ice
Skating Rink, a wide range of lighting improvements feature motion
sensors, new compact fluorescent lamps, LED exit fixtures and a
lighting control panel.
for Water Facilities
In addition to lighting
upgrades Auburn’s Water Filtration Plant and Waste Water Collection
and Treatment Plant benefited from other efficiency measures. Where
appropriate, new variable speed drives were installed to increase
the efficiency of numerous pumps. The filtration plant received a
natural gas heating system for its chemical treatment and storage
building. And air capacity controls were installed on existing
aeration blowers at the wastewater facility.
The Power Authority has
also undertaken energy-efficiency initiatives and other clean energy
projects for numerous local governments at thousands of public
facilities around the state. Statewide, NYPA energy services
efforts, since they began in the late 1980s, have lowered
electricity use by more than 202,000 kilowatts or enough power to
meet the requirements of about 155,000 homes. This has also reduced
the need for more than 2 million barrels of oil and eliminated
nearly 825,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
■ 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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