NY Power Authority Holds First Energy
Conservation Seminar for Central New York’s School and Municipal
May 27, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SYRACUSE—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief
Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today offered more than 40
Central New York municipal and school officials opportunities to
reduce energy costs and save taxpayer money through NYPA's energy
Today at the Senator John H. Hughes Office
Building, Kessel hosted the Power Authority’s first energy
conservation seminar for Central New York school district and
municipal government officials.
“It is the goal of the Power Authority to reach out
to every public and private school and all municipal governments in
New York State to help them save energy without using any
out-of-pocket expenses, for the benefit of their facilities and a
cleaner environment,” said Kessel. “By offering a wide range of
programs, the Power Authority will help public entities to implement
energy efficiency projects that are a key element of Governor David
Paterson’s “45 by 15” plan for the state to reduce energy use 45
percent by 2015.”
In addition to smaller meetings around the state,
the Syracuse seminar represents the first large-scale outreach on
NYPA’s energy services programs in Central New York. It follows an
earlier seminar held in Rochester this February. Another seminar is
scheduled for June for the Albany region.
Attending the seminar were representatives from
school districts including North Syracuse, Hamilton and Solvay,
among others. Also attending were elected officials including the
town supervisors from Oswego, Skaneateles, Marcellus and Cato, and
staff members from the offices of several regional senators and
The energy conservation seminar was held in the
Hughes State Office Building where NYPA completed in May 2008 a
comprehensive $1.7 million energy efficiency project undertaken in
partnership with the New York State Office of General Services, the
owners and operators of the building.
As a result of this project, the Hughes State
Office Building will have annual electrical saving approximating
360,000-kilowatt hours and valued at nearly $30,000. Its heating
requirements will be reduced by 6,915 MMbtu’s (Million British
Thermal Units) valued at nearly $44,000 per year. The combined
energy reductions will yield annual savings of just about $74, 000.
This project also achieved the reduction of about 590 tons of
greenhouse gases which is the equivalent of removing about 120 cars
annually from the roadways.
NYPA supervises all phases of an energy
conservation project for program participants, beginning with an
audit to identify opportunities to save energy and reduce costs.
NYPA’s supervision continues through installation of such features
as high efficiency lighting, motors, boilers and chillers; lighting
occupancy sensors; and computerized energy management systems.
NYPA will finance all up-front costs with
low-interest loans that will be repaid through the energy cost
savings, after which program participants will retain all the
savings. There are no out-of-pocket expenses on the part of
participants. NYPA will also help participants identify potential
state and federal funds that may be available to lower overall
project costs and discuss the potential for new, clean energy
technologies within a facility.
NYPA has been a leader statewide in energy
efficiency and conservation projects. In 2008, NYPA financed $116
million in energy efficiency projects and now has surpassed $1.28
billion of cumulative financing since the 1980s. The Power
Authority’s energy-saving projects at public facilities have reduced
energy bills statewide by $111 million annually, saved more than 2.1
million barrels of oil per year and 214 megawatts of demand
reduction. The work has also cut annual emissions of greenhouse
gases by more than 800,000 tons annually.
Any school districts or municipal governments
interested in further information on the energy services programs
offered by NYPA, please contact the Power Authority’s Business
Development Office at 518-433-6734.
■ 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. For more
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