New York Power Authority And City Of Niagara Falls Complete Energy Efficiency Initiative At Hyde Park Ice Pavilion

Paul DeMichele
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   January 26, 2011


NIAGARA FALLS—Standing in front of a new electric Zamboni, New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster today celebrated the completion of a comprehensive energy efficiency project at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion. The nearly $1.4 million initiative will save energy, provide significant financial savings for taxpayers, and help protect the environment.

“It’s a great pleasure to complete these energy efficiency upgrades, which will allow the city of Niagara Falls to provide a great facility to its residents and save money in the process ,” Kessel said. “The improvements at the ice pavilion are just one of the many energy saving initiatives the Power Authority is working on in Western New York and throughout the state in support of New York’s ‘45 by 15’ plan, which calls for 45 percent of electricity needs in New York State to be met through improved energy efficiency and renewable sources by the year 2015.”

“This is a success story on a number of levels that was made possible though the New York Power Authority in cooperation with the City of Niagara Falls,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster. “Our ice pavilion was given green upgrades and this means greater energy efficiency with cutting edge technology. Ice skating, hockey and tournament hockey have just received a tremendous boost in the Niagara Falls community.”

The energy efficiency work included upgrades to the facilities lighting, hot water system, heating system, building infiltration, and ventilation. In addition, NYPA delivered an electric Zamboni, which will be used to clean and smooth the surface of the ice rink at 50 percent the operational cost of using a fully gas powered machine.

The improvements will lower utility costs by more than $86,000 a year and remove 475 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually. The electric Zamboni is the first ice resurfacing machine NYPA has financed. The emission-free, four wheel drive vehicle can complete approximately 15 ice resurfaces on a single battery charge.

NYPA has completed 40 projects at 146 facilities in Niagara and Erie County, saving taxpayers more than $3 million a year and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 24,000 tons annually.

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.

In late-2009, the NYPA Board of Trustees approved the expansion of the Power Authority’s energy efficiency programs and other services, helping it to further promote clean energy and advance environmental sustainability across the state. NYPA expects to invest more than $1 billion in such programs over the next several years.

For the New York Power Authority, this project was handled by John Darlak, associate conservation engineer of the Energy Services and Technology business unit.

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.

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. ■ Approximately 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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