New york Power Authority and Suffolk County community College Team Up with Energy conservation Measures

Paul DeMichele

March 24, 2010


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BRENTWOOD—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel and Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) President Dr. Shaun L. McKay today announced a partnership to undertake comprehensive energy conservation efforts across the college’s campuses that will save energy, support the college’s sustainability efforts and help protect the environment.

The partnership announcement makes Dr. McKay’s first official act as president of SCCC to focus on clean energy initiatives that will save on energy bills and reduce the college’s carbon footprint.

The $5.5 million project will save the college more than $350,000 a year and remove 1,355 tons of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere annually. The scope of work includes the replacement and upgrade of boilers, chillers and lighting at approximately ten buildings throughout the college’s three campuses, which are located in Selden, Brentwood and Riverhead. Other measures include a new pool cover at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood, which alone will produce an annual energy savings of $43,000.

“This extensive energy efficiency upgrade will result in major savings in electricity and fuel costs for the college,” Kessel said. “Through partnerships such as this one, the New York Power Authority plans to pursue additional energy saving initiatives in the county and throughout the state in support of New York’s 45 by 15 plan and to fulfill our pledge to invest more than $1.2 billion over the next few years on clean energy projects.”

“Today’s announcement is part of a larger, comprehensive mission to create a ’greener’ Suffolk County Community College,” said Dr. McKay. “I look forward to seeing the college develop additional ways to help conserve our natural resources, improve our energy management plan and demonstrate community leadership as an institution pushing conservation, efficiency and green initiatives forward.”

The project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010, is the latest of wide-ranging energy-efficiency initiatives that NYPA has undertaken with SCCC. In 2006, NYPA completed a nearly $5 million project at the college, resulting in annual savings of approximately $340,000 and removing more  than 1,100 tons of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere every year. The work included an upgrade to the energy management system in various buildings, resulting in greater control of all heating, ventilation and air conditioning at the college. In addition, variable speed drives were installed for all heating and hot water pumps, which allow the existing pumps to operate at reduced speeds during periods of lesser demand.

In addition, NYPA has aggressively pursued clean energy initiatives across Suffolk County. As of the end of 2009, 62 projects at more than 200 county facilities have been completed, saving taxpayers nearly $9 million a year and removing more than 48,000 tons of greenhouse gases from the air.

NYPA typically recovers its costs by sharing in the savings in energy bills that result from its initiatives, after which program participants retain all the savings.

NYPA is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility and uses no taxpayer dollars or state debt in its operations. The Power Authority owns and operates 17 generating facilities across New York. NYPA also owns and operates over 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines in various parts of the state. NYPA is a national leader in advancing energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and electric vehicles.

Suffolk County Community College is the largest community college in the State University of New York system, enrolling more than 25,000 students at its three campuses in Selden, Brentwood and Riverhead. SCCC offers the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as a variety of certificate programs. Offering the lowest college tuition on Long Island, a highly respected Honors program, extensive extracurricular activities, championship athletic teams, and numerous unified transfer programs, SCCC is a first-choice college for Long Island students. Visit SCCC on the Web at sunysuffolk.edu.


New York Power Authority and Suffolk County Community College Team Up with Energy Conservation Measures


New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel at Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) with SCCC officials (from left) George Gatta, Jr., executive vice president, Ernesto Mattace, Jr., chairman of the board of trustees, Shaun L. McKay, president, and George Tvelia, interim executive dean of the Grant Campus.

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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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