UAlbany East Campus Saves
$204,000 Thanks to N.Y. Power Authority Energy Efficiency Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—Senator Joseph L. Bruno joined Kermit L.
Hall, president, University at Albany, and Eugene W. Zeltmann, president
and chief executive officer, New York Power Authority (NYPA), Tuesday,
at the University at Albany East Campus to announce the completion of a
$1.5 million NYPA energy efficiency project.
“Under Governor George Pataki’s leadership NYPA has
installed a wide range of energy- saving technologies throughout the
State University system. These energy-efficient measures have produced
considerable savings, enabling the universities to keep more of their
funds for use in the classroom. This is the second major project we
have completed at the Albany campus,” said Joseph J. Seymour, chairman,
New York Power Authority.
“The State University system is one of New York’s
most valued assets and the work we have completed reflects that
importance. We want to thank Senator Bruno for his tireless efforts on
behalf of this project. The Power Authority’s work in the SUNY system
alone exceeds $133 million, with energy costs savings of $14 million
annually. Governor Pataki’s Executive Order 111 which set ambitious
targets for energy efficiency at state-run facilities has been our
roadmap to successes like this one today,” said Zeltmann.
“The high cost of energy is having a major impact on
everyone. It hits the pocketbooks of families. It hurts the bottom line
of businesses and it hinders the ability of educational institutions to
perform their teaching and research responsibilities. The administrators
at the University at Albany deserve a lot of credit for deciding to take
control of their energy costs in this manner with such a worthy partner
as the New York Power Authority,” said Senator Bruno.
Senator Bruno secured a $250,000 grant from the
Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR) fund helping to finance the
project. The POCR funds are monies recovered in federal cases to
compensate consumers for oil industry overcharges in the 1980s. In New
York State, the funds are administered by the New York Power Authority
(NYPA) and used to defray the cost of energy-efficiency improvements at
schools and public facilities.
“We’re pleased to once again join NYPA to improve
energy efficiency at the University at Albany,” said Hall. “In August we
took a major step in bringing energy-saving programs to UAlbany with an
air-cooling project for our main campus. We’re now matching this success
on our East Campus, thanks to the leadership of Senator Bruno and our
alliance with NYPA, a forward-looking government and higher education
partnership that benefits our students, our neighbors and the citizens
of New York.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to improve
the efficiencies on our East Campus,” said Sorrell Chesin, executive
director, University at Albany Foundation. “We appreciate the support of
Senator Bruno and we look forward to working with the New York Power
Authority to move forward on this initiative.”
NYPA’s comprehensive approach to the East Campus’
energy included new lighting measures, a revamped heating ventilation
and cooling system and, installation of duel fuel furnaces capable of
burning either natural gas or No.2 grade fuel oil. These measures will
benefit the campus and produce annual savings of $204, 000.
Installation of energy-efficient T-8 lamps and
electronic ballasts will reduce energy consumption for lighting by
almost 75 percent while producing a higher quality illumination. Motion
detectors that automatically turn off lights when a room is not in use
have been installed in laboratories and offices. Exit signs have been
outfitted with low-wattage, light emitting diodes (LED) which burn
brighter on less electricity.
Heating improvements will provide greater
flexibility in fueling options, enabling maintenance staff to use either
of two cleaner-burning options, natural gas or No. #2 fuel oil,
depending on market conditions. The new duel-fuel furnaces installed
for this purpose also help displace the higher emissions that result
from No. #6 grade fuel oil, used in the past.
Chiller system upgrades coupled with a modernization
of the heating ventilation and air- conditioning systems include the use
of variable speed drives on assorted pumps to help eliminate costly
maintenance repairs and add to the overall comfort of facility and
To date, NYPA has invested over $840 million in
energy-efficient lighting, heating, ventilation, and energy control
systems in public buildings throughout the state. All together, those
projects are cutting energy costs by $92 million a year, avoiding the
release of 730,000 tons of greenhouse gases.
■The New York Power Authority is the nation’s
largest state-owned electric utility, with 17 generating plants in
various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of
transmission lines. ■ NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It
finances its operations through the sale of bonds and earns revenue from
proceeds of its operations, which stems largely from the sale of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new
energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.