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Agency contacts:                                                         NYSERDA contact
Gayle Dougherty (gayle@haggman.com)                        Colleen Ryan (cqr@nyserda.org)
Phone: 978-525-3742                                                    Phone: 866-NYSERDA ext. 3359
                                                                                    www.getenergysmart.org

NYPA Contact:                                                            Bronx President Contact:
Brian Warner (Brian.Warner@nypa.gov)                         Anne Fenton (afenton@bronxbp.nyc.gov)
Phone: 914-390-8183                                                   Phone: 718-590-3543

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Bronx Takes the BE COOL Challenge
Air conditioner campaign heps residents save energy and reduce carbon impact

WHO:             New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York Power Authority (NYPA), Con Edison and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr.

WHAT:           Take the BE COOL challenge to save electricity and reduce carbon dioxide emissions this summer with energy efficient air conditioning.

WHERE:         On the steps of Bronx Borough Courthouse, 851 Grand Concourse and 158th Street.

WHEN:           July 17, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. Residents can turn in their old air conditioners from 1-7 p.m.

HOW:             As part of the BE COOL campaign administered by NYSERDA, the county with the highest percentage of residents participating in the BE COOL Challenge will be honored as the “coolest”. As an added incentive, Con Edison customers living in New York City or Westchester County who turn in an old, working room air conditioner may earn $35 or $100 towards the purchase of a new ENERGY STAR® qualified room air conditioner.

WOW!            Bronx residents have already turned in 174 room air conditioners saving 21,700 kWh of electricity. The Bronx has already reduced 23,696 pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking 4,653 cars off the road for a year.

ABOUT US:  
                     NYSERDA uses innovation and technology to solve some of New York's most difficult and environmental problems in ways that improve the State's economy. Visit www.GetEnergySmart.org for more information.

                     NYPA is the nation's largest state-owned electric utility and provides energy-saving services and clean energy technologies to public institutions including schools, hospitals and universities.  Visit www.nypa.gov to learn more about the New York Power Authority.


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