Energy Efficiency Project at Rome
Water Filtration Plant Synonymous with 'Green' Energy Practices
May 8, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—An energy-efficiency project at the
City of Rome Water Filtration Plant, resulting from a partnership of
the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the city, exemplifies
innovative “green” energy practices to protect the environment.
“A new heating system has enhanced the water
filtration plant’s energy efficiency, while lowering carbon
emissions by 71 tons a year from reduced electricity demand,” Roger
B. Kelley, NYPA president and chief executive officer, said.
“Investment in energy efficiency technologies is a top priority of
Governor Paterson for combating greenhouse gases, managing energy
supplies and lowering electricity bills. The upgrade at the Rome
filtration plant typifies the statewide initiatives by the Power
Authority that have reduced greenhouse gases by hundreds of
thousands of tons a year and lowered annual electric bills by more
than $100 million.”
Kelley noted that the installation of a radiant
heating system has made the one-story facility more comfortable for
employees during the winter by providing more uniform temperatures.
The gas furnace and air distribution equipment that the new system
replaced experienced heat losses, with inadequate temperatures for
employees at floor level from accumulation of hot air by the ceiling
Radiant systems operate by warming people and
objects, rather than directly heating the air, as with conventional
“We’re grateful for the Power Authority’s efforts
in managing the heating-efficiency upgrade project at our filtration
plant,” Rome Mayor Jim Brown said. “One of the aims most important
to us was that the work be completed by this past winter. Another
was that it not disrupt the functioning of the filtration plant,
which must operate 24/7. The Power Authority achieved both goals.”
The filtration plant processes between nine and 16
million gallons of water per day and has the capability of producing
25 million gallons daily.
The $235,000 upgrade project, which included new
heat pumps, began last summer and was completed in the fall. In
addition to overseeing the improvements, NYPA provided approximately
$160,000 in financing, with the remaining $75,000 cost of the
project paid for from grant money the Power Authority administers
for New York State. The Petroleum Overcharge Restitution funds are
the proceeds of court settlements related to oil company violations
of federal price controls in the 1970s and 1980s.
NYPA will recover its financing costs over a
10-year period, after which the filtration plant will keep the
annual savings, which amount to more than $11,000 a year.
Last year, NYPA set a record for its statewide
investment in energy efficiency and clean energy initiatives, of
$124 million, breaking the previous mark of $118 million set in
2006. The improvements range from new fluorescent lighting that uses
two-thirds less energy than conventional lighting, to new boilers
and chillers to hybrid-electric vehicles.
Since the late 1980s, the Power Authority has
invested more than $1 billion in such wide-ranging initiatives at
about 2,700 public facilities across the state. It plans to invest
$1.4 billion over the next eight years in support of New York
State’s goal of reducing energy use by 15 percent from forecasted
levels by 2015.
■ 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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