N.Y. Power Authority Completes Energy Efficiency Upgrades For South Glens Falls Central School District

Paul DeMichele
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October 20, 2011


WHITE PLAINS—Students and faculty in South Glens Falls have been benefiting this year from energy efficiency upgrades made by the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

The $3.3 million project included lighting upgrades and boiler replacement in all six South Glens Falls Central School District schools. The work, which began in 2010, will save more than $200,000 a year and will remove 881 tons of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere annually.

“The energy efficiency work in South Glens Falls is another important step forward in optimizing energy efficiency and moving New York State closer to a clean energy economy,” said James F. Pasquale, NYPA senior vice president of Marketing and Economic Development, who is responsible for energy services. “It is always a bonus when such beneficial work can be completed at the state’s schools, since it frees up money for educating students.”

Over the last two decades, NYPA has completed 14 energy efficiency projects at more than 64 school district facilities in the region (Saratoga, Albany, Schenectady, Schoharie and Washington counties), saving taxpayers approximately $1.1 million a year and removing almost 4,600 tons of greenhouse gases from the air. The improvements also reduce peak electricity use, contributing to the reliability of the electric power grid.

NYPA typically recovers its costs by sharing in the savings in energy bills that result from the energy-efficiency and clean-energy initiatives that it partners on with public facilities throughout the state. Once the costs are fully recovered, the program participants retain all the savings.

Since the late 1980s, NYPA has completed energy efficiency and clean energy projects at 4,517 public facilities throughout the state for an installed cost of nearly $1.5 billion. The improvements have lowered the annual electricity bills of those facilities by nearly $136 million and peak electricity demand by more than 233 megawatts. (One megawatt is enough electricity to meet the needs of 800 to 1,000 homes.) In addition, the improvements have reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 826,000 tons.

The lead NYPA staff person on the South Glens Falls project was Martin Cole, conservation program engineer.

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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