NYPA ‘Power To Schools’ Program
Set for April 25 in Auburn
April 11, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUBURN—Area school officials will learn about a
major opportunity to save energy and money when the New York Power
Authority (NYPA) conducts a forum on its “Power to Schools” program
at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 at the Holiday Inn, 75 North
The forum, for officials from Cayuga, Onondaga,
Seneca and Wayne counties, will include a presentation by John Hamor,
NYPA’s executive director of state governmental relations, and
Andrea Phillips, business development facilitator.
School officials wishing to attend or to arrange
energy audits of their facilities may contact Phillips at
914-391-5420 or by e-mail at
The Power to Schools program was created by state
legislation enacted in 2004 that authorizes NYPA to assist public
and private schools throughout New York in carrying out energy
efficiency projects and using clean energy technologies such as
solar power and fuel cells. The law also allows the Power Authority
to help schools buy economical electricity in New York State’s
competitive power markets.
“Energy efficiency is vital, at all times and in
all places,” said Timothy S. Carey, NYPA’s president and chief
executive officer. “But it’s particularly important in our schools,
where every dollar not spent on energy can be spent directly for
purely educational purposes, helping to meet critical needs while
easing the burden on local taxpayers.”
The Power to Schools program creates a partnership
between the Power Authority and the State Education Department,
which will be responsible for issuing the building permits required
to perform energy efficiency work in school facilities.
NYPA will oversee all phases of a project,
beginning with an audit to identify energy-saving potential and
continuing through installation of new lighting, boilers, chillers
and other energy efficiency measures. The Authority will finance
the work with low-interest loans and will recover its costs by
sharing in the savings on energy bills, after which the
participating district will retain all savings.
The Power Authority recently completed its first
Power to Schools project, at the Albany School District’s offices in
a historic 191-year-old building. The work included replacement of
the building’s inefficient steam boiler plant with two new boilers
and installation of a new temperature control system.
Statewide, the Power Authority has completed energy
efficiency projects at almost 1,200 public school facilities under
other programs. These projects annually save school districts and
taxpayers about $32 million, replace nearly 418,000 barrels of oil
and avoid emission of almost 195,000 tons of greenhouse gases.
The Power to Schools program builds on the earlier
efforts by authorizing participation by private schools and
confirming NYPA’s ability to carry out projects in all public
schools, including those that don’t obtain electricity from the
Authority. The Auburn forum is one in a series on the program that
NYPA is conducting in various parts of the state.
■ 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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