N.Y. Power Authority
President Asks Governmental Units to Save Energy
November 4, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—Terming current energy-pricing
problems “the most serious we have ever faced in New York State,” New
York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Eugene
W. Zeltmann has urged NYPA’s 115 governmental customers in New York City
and Westchester County “to do everything possible to conserve energy
“A long winter lies ahead,” Zeltmann said in a Nov.
2 letter to the governmental customers. “By moving now to conserve
energy, you can play a key role in meeting the immediate challenge and
in creating a solid foundation for the future.”
Zeltmann said that under Gov. George E. Pataki’s
leadership, New York State has promoted ambitious energy-efficiency
programs and growing reliance on clean, renewable energy sources such as
solar and wind power.
“These initiatives are essential not only to combat
high costs, but also to help clean our air and reduce our dependence on
foreign oil,” Zeltmann told the NYPA governmental customers, which
include such entities as the New York City government, the city’s
Housing Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Battery Park City Authority,
the Westchester County government and most Westchester municipalities
and other public entities.
“I am well aware that energy costs directly
influence your ability to provide essential public services and, in some
cases, to stabilize tax rates,” Zeltmann wrote. “Aggressive initiatives
to conserve energy and to use it more efficiently can lower those
Zeltmann noted that the Power Authority already
carries out extensive energy-efficiency programs for the governmental
customers, which use the electricity supplied by NYPA for various public
facilities and purposes such as schools and other public buildings,
hospitals, museums, street lights and subway and commuter trains.
He said that NYPA thus far has completed
energy-efficiency and clean-energy projects at about 1,360 public
facilities in New York City and Westchester County, with a total
investment of $576 million. These projects save the governmental
customers, and the taxpayers and commuters they serve, about $62 million
a year. They also reduce peak demand for electricity by 107,000
kilowatts—enough to serve about 100,000 homes—and cut annual emissions
of greenhouse gases by close to 500,000 tons.
The Power Authority typically recovers its costs by
sharing the savings on customers’ energy bills, after which the
customers retain all the savings.
Zeltmann said that under new long-term power supply
agreements with its governmental customers in New York City, NYPA will
provide up to $100 million a year for energy-efficiency and clean-energy
projects at public facilities in the city and in Westchester.
Increased electricity prices in New York State,
Zeltmann said, are due mainly to high prices for natural gas and oil.
The two fuels account for more than 30 percent of the electricity
generated in the state, a figure that is about twice the national
The letter to the governmental customers was
similar to recent energy-conservation appeals by Zeltmann to the state’s
51 municipal electric systems and rural cooperatives, all of which use
Power Authority electricity, and to NYPA’s business customers.