New York Power Authority Partners With MEUA and NYAPP To Lower Electricity Costs Through energy-Saving program

Paul DeMichele
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November 24, 2009


WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced that NYPA is partnering with the Municipal Electric Utilities Association of New York State (MEUA) and the New York Association of Public Power (NYAPP) to establish a weatherization program for businesses, residents and public buildings served by the state’s municipal electric systems and rural electric cooperatives to lower their energy consumption and power bills this winter.

The program will advance Gov. David A. Paterson’s “45 by 15” plan for 45 percent of the state’s electricity needs to be met through improved energy efficiency and clean renewable energy by the year 2015.

“Together with our partners at the MEUA and NYAPP, the Power Authority is expanding its efforts to assist its municipal and cooperative system customers to relieve energy costs this winter for residents that they serve in various parts of the state,” Kessel said. “We understand the difficulties these harsh economic times can bring upon families and hope to alleviate at least some of the burden.”

“I would once again like to thank Mr. Kessel and NYPA for their proactive approach as it relates to energy efficiency programs,” said Anthony Modafferi, MEUA executive director. “The weatherization program will go a long ways in helping the state achieve its energy efficiency goals. The municipalities and the MEUA are glad to be part of this energy-reducing program.”

“NYAPP has been working closely with the Power Authority in the development of the weatherization program and NYPA’s solar initiative,” said Hubert Bianco, NYAPP administrative director. “The members of NYAPP are pleased to have the opportunity to be part of this program and we look forward to participating in the program in the year to come.”

Under the new weatherization program, NYPA will expand on its existing energy services program by financing consumer-implemented weatherization measures, such as installing insulation in and around attics, crawl spaces, pipes, ducts and ceilings to reduce air infiltration and thermal loss. In the past, the energy services program principally focused on lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

In addition to the weatherization services, municipal and cooperative systems have the ability to develop an energy audit program for homes and businesses. Previously, the service was provided only to public buildings in the areas.

The new program is open to all 51 municipal systems and rural electric cooperatives. To date, 12 systems have signed on: the villages of Arcade, Boonville, Endicott, Groton, Mayville, Oneida-Madison, Philadelphia, Rouses Point, Solvay, Spencerport, Springville and Wellsville. Each municipal and cooperative system will develop its own program and identify participants.

The initiative builds on the success of last year’s weatherization program, which entailed the distribution of weatherization kits to low-income households served by municipal and rural electric cooperatives throughout New York State.

With its low-cost hydropower, the Power Authority meets the bulk of the electricity needs of the state’s 51 municipal electric systems and rural electric cooperatives.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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