The Power Authority Earns Local And National Recognition For Energy Efficiency Work Completed In New York City

Paul DeMichele
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June 20, 2011


WHITE PLAINS— New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced that a NYPA energy efficiency project at a public housing complex in New York City has received prominent recognition from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

A federation of state and regional councils representing America's engineering industry, the ACEC's New York chapter issued NYPA its Diamond Award—its top honor—in connection with a comprehensive energy efficiency project at Castle Hill Houses in the Bronx.

"Energy-efficiency improvements are a kind of perpetual motion machine when you consider what they do for freeing up capital for non-energy purchases and promoting new 'green' industries and clean-energy jobs," Kessel said. "That's not to mention the other benefits, which include enhancing the reliability of the electric power system. The recognition NYPA has received from the ACEC for the Castle Hill improvements further strengthens the Power Authority's resolve to remain innovative as we move forward with additional energy efficiency initiatives around the state."

In partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), NYPA completed the energy efficiency work at Castle Hill Houses last year. The upgrades included the replacement of the central boiler plant, as well as steam traps, lighting fixtures and installation of wireless energy modules at 14 buildings, including 2,025 apartments. The $25.8 million project saves taxpayers nearly $2 million a year and removes more than 6,700 tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere annually.

The ACEC evaluates project entries for uniqueness and originality; technical value to the engineering profession; social and economic considerations; complexity; and success in meeting client goals. Projects are broken down into various categories, such as energy, structural systems, and transportation, and then awarded a ranking of silver, gold, platinum or diamond by a distinguished panel of judges.

To date, NYPA has completed energy efficiency work at more than 1,100 NYCHA facilities, saving taxpayers nearly $18.5 million a year and removing nearly 110,000 tons of greenhouse gases annually.

NYPA recently completed work in partnership with NYCHA on boiler control upgrades at the Alfred E. Smith Houses in Manhattan. The scope of work included the replacement of inefficient controls on the six boilers that supply steam and hot water throughout the 12-building complex. The total cost for this project was approximately $700,000, with an annual energy savings of $69,600.

The Power Authority is also continuing its partnership with NYCHA through NYPA's Instantaneous Hot Water Heater Replacement Program. The initiative, currently entering its 11th phase, includes the replacement of existing inefficient hot water storage tanks with new instantaneous hot water heaters. A total of approximately 115 heaters in 14 developments throughout the five New York City boroughs are included in the scope of work (790 instantaneous hot water heaters have been installed to date in previous phases, with 1,400 instantaneous hot water heaters expected to be replaced by the program's conclusion). The total estimated cost for this project is $19 million with an annual energy savings of $1.6 million.

NYPA has financed more than $912 million of energy efficiency and clean energy projects in New York City, completing 1,255 projects at more than 2,200 facilities, saving taxpayers more than $83 million a year and removing nearly 515,574 tons of greenhouse gases from the air.

The Power Authority 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 public power organization 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.

The New York City Housing Authority is one of the large government customers in New York City benefiting from economical electricity from NYPA.


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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