Williamsville Central School
District to Begin Energy Efficiency Project Under Power To Schools
January 26, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AMHERST – The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
announced today that it has partnered with the Williamsville Central
School District on an $8.7 million energy efficiency project, at all
13 of the districts’ educational facilities. The project, part of
the Power to Schools program, is expected to save the school
district $520,000 annually.
“Conserving energy is a great way to cut operating
expenses and sustain essential services,” said Timothy S. Carey,
NYPA President and CEO. “NYPA’s Power to Schools program helps
districts like Williamsville to make more efficient use of
electricity, reduce their energy bills and use more of their tax
dollars to educate their students.”
The Power to Schools program, authorized by state
law, enables NYPA to assist public and private elementary and
secondary schools across the Empire State in managing energy costs
through energy efficiency and shopping for the economical power in
the competitive marketplace for electricity.
“The Williamsville Central School District is proud
to be working with NYPA on the energy-efficiency projects slated to
begin shortly throughout the district,” said Dr. Howard S. Smith,
superintendent. "We contacted NYPA in the fall of 2005 about
exploring ways to cut our energy costs. When we learned about the
Power to Schools Program, we began working with NYPA to develop a
program that would meet the unique needs of our school district.”
“The Williamsville Central School District should
be commended for demonstrating the need to reduce energy-related
expenses by engaging in an energy conservation project with NYPA,”
said State Senator Mary Lou Rath. “I’m proud to support the efforts
of NYPA’s Power to Schools program, which provides school districts
with an easy and cost effective way to become more energy
“Williamsville does a great job preparing our kids
for tomorrow's challenges and thanks to NYPA's Power to the Schools
program, which effectively reduces energy costs through energy
conservation, the Williamsville School District will be better able
to put resources into continuing their longstanding tradition of
educational excellence,” said Assemblymember James P. Hayes.
Energy audits conducted by NYPA identified several
energy-saving measures within the Williamsville Central School
District’s 13 schools. They include:
Upgrade of less efficient incandescent lighting
with T-8 fluorescent lights and electronic ballasts.
Retrofit of exit signs that utilize
incandescent or fluorescent lighting with LED technology.
Installation of carbon-dioxide sensors to
optimize the outside air volume brought into buildings, reducing
the volume of conditioned air that is exhausted.
Replacement of air dampers and actuators to
better control air flowing into and out of the buildings.
Replacing all steam traps at South High, Dodge
Elementary and Maple East Elementary schools to protect the
boiler equipment from damage, maximize the use of the steam, and
improve space temperature control.
Replacement of old inefficient boilers at South
High School and Country Parkway Elementary school.
Installation of an Energy Management System at
South High School to better control heating, cooling and
Connecting the perimeter heating loop at the
East High School with the heat pump loop. The connection will
allow the building to maximize the use of the most efficient
boiler when outdoor temperatures are mild.
Installation of a small capacity chiller at the
Transit Middle School to prevent having to cool the entire
building when in limited use.
Installing automatic swimming pool covers.
The Williamsville Central School District
encompasses 13 schools and enrolls approximately 10,600 K-12
students annually. The district is consistently ranked as one of
the top school districts in Western New York and recently received
the “What Parents Want Award” from SchoolMatch, the nation’s largest
school selection consulting firm.
Overall project costs will be financed through
NYPA’s energy services program, allowing the school district to
avoid up-front expenses and repay the financing costs over several
years through a portion of its energy bill savings.
The New York Power Authority has completed 1,500
energy efficiency projects in government buildings across New York
State since 1990, saving almost $96 million in energy costs per year
and reducing electricity consumption by some 912,000 megawatt-hours
■ 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 a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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