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NYPA's Power Vista Will Play Host to ASHRAE Workshop on Energy Savings for Data Centers

Lou Paonessa, Community Relations Mgr, NYPA

Jodi Dunlop, Communications Mgr, ASHRAE

August 27, 2008


LEWISTON—A workshop on implementing energy savings at data centers will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Project Power Vista community room. Representatives from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will run the workshop.

The workshop will focus on how data center operators, users, chief information officers, and data center designers and consultants, can take advantage of energy-efficiency opportunities. The practices are centered on three ASHRAE publications, Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments, Improving Datacom Facility Energy Efficiency and High Density Data Centers – Case Studies and Best Practices. The three publications will be available free to workshop attendees. 

Advanced registration is required for the free event and space is limited. Approximately 100 people have registered to attend. Following the workshop, attendees will perform a survey of current practices and energy usage for their data centers. For more information, or to register, visit

The information presented could help New York data centers see a savings of at least $25 million over the next five years. Specifically, a 75 percent reduction in data center energy use could be experienced. 

The admission-free Power Vista opened in 1963 and has welcomed more than six-and-a-half million visitors. Features include over 50 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits on energy, electricity and local history. Educational programs are offered at no charge for students at all grade levels, though advanced registration is required. NYPA also sponsors special events year-round at the Power Vista. 

The Power Vista is located at 5777 Lewiston Road. The community room in the facility has recently been renovated to allow groups of 50 to 300 people to gather in the 4,250-square-foot open floor plan with four wall-mounted 42-inch LCD monitors, an updated sound system, wireless microphones and source inputs allowing presenters to provide content through DVD/VHS players and laptop computers. NYPA has also recently installed a high-efficiency heating and air-conditioning system and energy efficient doors and windows to make the community room accessible year-round to community groups and visitors to the Niagara Project. 

For additional information on the community room or on how to make a reservation, please contact a member of NYPA’s Community Relations staff at 716-286-6661.

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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