Installation of Energy Efficient
Traffic and Pedestrian Signals Begins Today in Peekskill Through Power
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PEEKSKILL—Beginning today over 600 energy-efficient
traffic and pedestrian count-down signals will be installed here with
assistance from the New York Power Authority (NYPA). The first
installation will be at the intersection of Main and Nelson Streets.
This $96,000 project is expected to be completed by the end of March.
These installations are the first in Westchester County to be managed by
NYPA along with work in the City of New Rochelle scheduled to begin
later in February.
“Improving the visibility of many of our traffic and
cross walk signals is a bright idea that will save Peekskill taxpayers
money through lower energy and maintenance costs plus keep the air
cleaner by reducing energy use,” said John G. Testa, mayor, City of
Peekskill. “We are pleased to work with Governor George E. Pataki and
the New York Power Authority to bring this improvement to our city which
represents another effort by the City to revitalize the downtown.”
“Mayor Testa and his fellow leaders in Peekskill
should be commended for their vision in participating in Governor
Pataki’s initiative encouraging local governments to follow his mandate
to state agencies to reduce their energy use by 35% by 2010,” said
Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “With
cities like Peekskill, and other towns and villages throughout the state
working with NYPA to be more energy-savvy, we can reduce energy use,
save taxpayer dollars and lessen dependence on foreign oil.”
Using the existing signal light housings, the new
lighting technology consists of green, red, yellow and white precision-lensed
light emitting diode (LED) modules to replace the current incandescent
bulbs that use colored filters or lens. The LED signals have a longer
operating life and lower maintenance cost, consume about 90% less energy
and use no filters or lens.
NYPA has been involved in a wide variety of LED
signal projects including work with the Metropolitan Transit Authority
and the New York City Rail Transit, and also installing energy efficient
traffic signals in various parts of New York City.
Project management is conducted by NYPA staff, while
the material and labor contracts were awarded by NYPA through
competitive bid for timely and cost-effective installation. NYPA
provides full turn-key services and finances the total cost of these LED
traffic signal projects at very low interest rates. Municipalities have
a payback period of usually less than five years depending on the
quantity and signal types to be installed.
The City of Peekskill, its Housing Authority and the
Peekskill School District are government customers of the Power
Authority and receive some of the lowest cost electricity in the state
for operations. Since the early 1990s, NYPA has invested over $660,000
in energy efficiency improvements at several Peekskill facilities
including the courthouse and schools. These initiatives annually save
taxpayers over $115,000 in municipal electric costs, reduce energy use
by over 350 kilowatts per year and eliminate 730 tons of greenhouse
gases each year contributing to cleaner air.
NYPA is the nation’s largest state-owned electric
utility. 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