New York Power Authority Completes Energy Efficiency Upgrades at Tupper Lake School District

Measures Will Reduce District's Annual Utility Bills and Lessen Greenshouse Gas Emissions

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Connie Cullen
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March 24, 2014


WHITE PLAINS-The Tupper Lake School District is benefiting from a newly completed energy efficiency project by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), to lower the district’s electricity bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and assist in ensuring “greener” schools, and a cleaner community.

The overall project, which includes measures at the Tupper Lake schools and the district-owned Civic Center Ice Rink, were completed in January, during a winter in which communities across the Northeast have contended with higher fuel and energy prices from the extremely cold weather.

While Tupper Lake, as a municipal electricity customer of the Power Authority, benefits from low-cost hydropower for a significant portion of its electricity needs, the power that it obtains from market purchases has been affected by the higher fuel costs, underscoring the value of energy efficiency investments to reduce electricity demand.

“Electric costs can be affected by many different factors,” said John R. Koelmel, chairman, NYPA. “Governor Cuomo understands that it is more important than ever to help our communities reduce their costs wherever possible. Energy efficient technology results in savings while also providing a green solution to an ongoing challenge.”

“The energy efficient upgrades and installation of new equipment throughout the Tupper Lake Village School District, is representative of NYPA’s commitment to providing comprehensive energy solutions to our municipal customers,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “Together with low-cost hydropower, this project is a great example how the Power Authority is assisting in lowering electric costs to community-owned electric systems throughout the state."

“Local governments like the Village of Tupper Lake have one primary objective—the day-to-day care for the health, education and well-being of their citizens,” said Mayor Paul A. Maroun, Village of Tupper Lake. “Governor Cuomo makes sure that we have access to key state resources, like low-cost NYPA power and energy efficient technologies, to assist us in achieving this goal.”

The $1.6 million energy-efficiency project, initiated one year ago, encompasses improvements at several school district facilities: L.P. Quinn Elementary School, the Village of Tupper Lake Middle and High School, and the district’s bus garage, in addition to the Civic Center ice skating rink.

Projects include a new boiler system at L.P. Quinn elementary, new unit ventilators and a domestic hot water heater at the middle/high school, new unit heaters at the bus garage, and lighting upgrades throughout the district. NYPA provided a grant to help offset the cost of the project. Amaha Electric, a New York-based company, was hired by NYPA to undertake the upgrades, which will lower the school district’s annual electricity costs by almost $42,000 annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 340 tons a year.

The Tupper Lake School District encompasses 280 square acres and serves families from the village as well as the Town of Piercefield and the Town of Colton. About 600 students in pre-k to 6th grades are enrolled at the L.P. Quinn elementary and approximately 700 students attend the Tupper Lake middle/high school.

The Village of Tupper Lake receives 19.3 megawatts (MW) of low-cost power generated at NYPA’s Niagara Hydroelectric Power Project. NYPA serves 51 municipal and cooperative electric systems statewide and provides power that is currently 70 percent lower than the cost of electricity purchased from the marketplace. (One megawatt is enough to power 800- 1,000 typical households.)

These energy efficiency upgrades at Tupper Lake support Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY initiative to increase the energy efficiency of public buildings. NYPA has been designated by Governor Cuomo to carry out Build Smart NY, and is committed to providing $450 million in low-cost financing for state facilities and an additional $350 million for other energy efficiency programs benefiting county and local governments.


Senator Betty Little said, “Today’s students are tech savvy and energy aware--keys to the emerging economy and hallmarks of the Governor Cuomo’s economic development policy. Savings from efficiency upgrades in our schools can be reinvested in our children’s education ensuring they will be ready for the job market.”

John Bouck, superintendent, Village of Tupper Lake Municipal Electric Department, said, “Governor Cuomo understands that regional resources like renewable hydropower, combined with technical expertise at agencies like NYPA, make a powerful impact on improving the environment and our communities throughout the state.

Jane Whitmore, president, Tupper Lake School Board, said, “Governor Cuomo is truly the environmental Governor. One needs to look no further than the recently completed energy efficiency project in the Tupper Lake school district for evidence of his commitment.”


About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA 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 the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.