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NYPA teams up with City of Lockport to improve energy efficiency and lower greenhouse gases

by jmaloni


Mon, Dec 8th 2014 12:00 pm

Project supports BuildSmart NY initiative

The New York Power Authority has announced completion of energy-efficiency measures for the City of Lockport that will save the city approximately $15,000 per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 87 tons annually. The work consisted of lighting upgrades at four municipal facilities and the replacement of an old water heater in the Lockport Municipal Building with a newer, more energy-efficient model.

The measures complement Gov. Andrew Cuomo's BuildSmart NY initiative, which aims to lower energy use in state government buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020.

"Investments in energy-efficiency technologies are a top priority for the New York Power Authority as we work with our partners in state and local government to support the BuildSmart NY goals, including cutting electricity bills and reducing fossil-fuel emissions," said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. "The Lockport energy-efficiency measures typify the statewide initiatives by the Power Authority that have reduced greenhouse gases by hundreds of thousands of tons a year and lowered annual electric bills by more than $169 million."

"We're grateful for the Power Authority's efforts in managing these energy-efficiency upgrades," said City of Lockport Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey. "NYPA has been a great partner in this effort and we look forward to future energy-efficiency projects that will benefit both the environment and our bottom line."

In addition to the replacement of the water heater, the Lockport project included lighting upgrades at the municipal building, the city's wastewater treatment and water filtration plants and the Department of Public Works Highway Garage.

Financed and implemented by NYPA, the upgrades, which began last March, totaled approximately $223,000. After factoring in the capital costs that needed to be expended by the city regardless of the new energy-saving measures, the net cost of the overall project was approximately $80,000.

As of 2013, under the Build Smart NY program, administered by the Power Authority, New York has achieved approximately 25 percent of the governor's energy reduction goal leading to tens of millions of dollars in cost savings on the utility bills of universities, hospitals, offices and other state government facilities - and elimination of 130,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year.

Descriptions of the energy-efficiency projects NYPA has completed in 2014 are available at http://www.thenypa.com/sites/eeprojects/pages/EnergyEfficiencyProjects.aspx.

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