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Gayle Dougherty (                        Colleen Ryan (
Phone: 978-525-3742                                                    Phone: 866-NYSERDA ext. 3359

NYPA Contact:                                                            Manhattan Borough President Contact:
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Phone: 914-390-8183                                                   Phone: 212-669-3882


Manhattan takes the BE COOL Challenge
Borough President Stringer helps launch air conditioner campaign to
save energy and reduce carbon impact

WHO:              New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York Power Authority (NYPA), Con Edison and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

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

WHERE:         City Hall Park

WHEN:           July 18, 2007 at 11 a.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!            Manhattan residents have already turned in 181 room air conditioners saving 20,425 kWh of electricity. Manhattan has already reduced 22,304 pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking 4,380 cars off the road for a year.

                     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 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 to learn more about the New York Power Authority.

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