College Of Staten Island Saving Big Bucks Thanks To Energy Efficiency Project By The N.Y. Power Authority

Michael Saltzman

June 22, 2011
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WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel and College of Staten Island (CSI) President Tomas D. Morales today announced  that a major new energy efficiency project at the college’s Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building is enhancing comfort levels while lowering electricity and fuel costs by more than $900,000 a year.  The improvements are also expected to result in the annual reduction of carbon dioxide emissions—the primary climate-changing greenhouse gas in the atmosphere—by 4,110 tons.

The $19.8 million energy-saving project, which began in September 2009 at the CSI sciences building included upgrading the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems (HVAC), occupancy-sensor installations and new roofing.  The location, also known as Building 6S, includes nine teaching laboratories, research facilities and centers for environmental and neuroscience.

“The newly completed project at the College of Staten Island demonstrates that well designed energy efficiency upgrades are often synonymous with significant utility bill savings, providing strong impetus for investing in the latest technologies,” Kessel said. “The Power Authority is committed to advancing Governor Cuomo’s Power NY agenda, including redoubling our efforts to increase energy efficiency throughout the state and thereby helping to reduce energy costs and create jobs and economic growth.”

“I want to thank the New York Power Authority for spearheading the energy-efficiency upgrades at our Building 6S laboratory and classroom complex,” Morales said. “Along with addressing ventilating and lighting deficiencies, the initiative will make a significant difference in helping us manage the building’s energy costs, with the improvements corresponding with what you’d expect at an ultramodern science facility.”

The energy efficiency project at CSI will provide an estimated annual electricity savings of more than $217,000 and annual fuel savings of nearly $686,000.  Among the key elements of the upgrade were the following measures:

--Fume and canopy hoods—ventilating devices for protecting laboratory personnel from chemical vapors, fumes and other materials—were retrofitted or replaced with higher performance equipment;

--Replacement of hot and chilled water pump motors with high-efficiency motors that include variable frequency drives;

--Installation of occupancy sensors to reduce electricity use in unoccupied areas; and

--Installation of a new high efficiency roof that reduces energy consumption in replacing an older, less effective type of flat roofing system.

The upgrades were among the measures identified in a comprehensive campus-wide energy plan that NYPA undertook for optimizing CSI’s clean energy usage as well as water management and sustainability practices for other key resources.  

The energy-efficiency project at CSI stemmed from the Power Authority’s Energy Cost Reduction program, under which NYPA has carried out efficiency upgrades at some 129 CUNY facilities.  NYPA’s financing of the completed energy efficiency projects at the City University amounts to nearly $92 million for annual savings on energy bills of more than
$13 million and lowering of greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 85,000 tons a year.

“The Power Authority and CUNY are effective partners for investing in new clean energy technologies for lowering electric bills and stemming climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions,” Iris Weinshall, CUNY Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, said. “The City University is a recognized leader for energy efficiency and clean energy development, and we’re dedicated to build upon the momentum of these fiscally sound efforts.  The recently completed project at CSI crystallizes the benefits.”

Since the late 1980s, NYPA has completed energy efficiency and clean energy projects at 3,732 public facilities throughout the state for an installed cost of more than $1.4 billion. The improvements have lowered the annual electricity bills of those facilities by nearly $132 million and peak electricity demand by about 230 megawatts. (One megawatt is enough electricity to meet the needs of 800 to 1,000 homes.)  In addition, the measures reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 809,000 tons.

Last year, NYPA financed more than $175 million in energy efficiency and clean energy projects, setting a new record for the second consecutive year for its annual expenditures on completed or ongoing initiatives throughout the state.

The Power Authority finances the cost of its energy services programs and recovers its costs by sharing in the resulting electric bill savings.

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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