$1.5 Million Energy Efficiency Project Completed in Yonkers

Deidrea Miller
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Christina Gilmartin
Communications Director - City of Yonkers, Office of the Mayor
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June 18, 2013


YONKERS - Mayor Mike Spano was joined today by New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Gil C. Quiniones to announce the completion of energy efficiency upgrades at nine municipal facilities in the City of Yonkers at the E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Ice and Roller Skating Rink. In total, this project will save the city more than $249,000 annually in energy and reduce climate-changing greenhouse gases by approximately 578 tons every year.

“The City of Yonkers is making great progress and our partnership with the New York Power Authority is showing results,” said Mayor Spano. “Energy-saving improvements are a common sense way to cut costs and protect the environment at the same time. In addition to keeping our critical infrastructure in a state of good repair, we are ensuring a more comfortable, safe and productive work environment for the city workforce and constituents.”

“We’re proud to work with the City of Yonkers to complete this package of innovative energy efficiency upgrades that will significantly lower the city’s energy consumption and electricity bills. Thanks to the Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY program, we look forward to embarking on more projects in years to come,” said NYPA President and CEO Quiniones. “Energy efficiency upgrades, like those announced today, help the city, the environment, and the taxpayers.”

The upgrades are improving safety and quality of life in Yonkers. For example, light levels have been dramatically increased in the Will Library’s Children’s Reading Room that will help the next generation of young people meet their potential. Lighting that was damaged by flooding during Hurricane Irene has been replaced in the tunnels that run underneath the Yonkers Water Treatment Plant - critical infrastructure for Yonkers. New color changing lights on the City Hall clock tower enable the City to highlight causes such as autism awareness in blue or breast cancer awareness in pink. Now visible from the Tappan Zee Bridge to the north and the George Washington Bridge to the south, the clock tower will also mark holidays and ethnic celebrations.

Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick commented, “I am pleased to support the mayor and our director of sustainability as we move ahead with energy efficiency programs that reduce costs and help the environment. That's like 'selling ice in the winter' to achieve a double return on our joint investment with NYPA. This is indeed a collaborative effort in that, since its inception six years ago, the Yonkers Green Policy Task Force, in its capacity as an environmental advisory board to the City Council, has helped to target specific ways to promote sustainable smart growth that have been proven to reduce carbon emissions and save money for our City.”

Under the leadership of Mayor Spano, the City of Yonkers is cutting energy costs and improving the bottom line across all of the City’s energy consuming assets including city buildings, the vehicle fleet, streetlights and traffic signals, and water delivery. As a result, city government is helping to grow a more attractive, healthy and vibrant city for all those who live and work in Yonkers.

NYPA has taken the lead in carrying out the Governor’s Build Smart NY initiative, a comprehensive statewide program launched in December 2012 to improve the energy efficiency of government buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020. In support of this goal, NYPA plans to finance and implement $450 million in energy efficiency improvements at state facilities over the next several years. The Power Authority will also undertake an additional $350 million in similar improvements at county and local government facilities. To learn more about the initiative, visit www.buildsmart.ny.gov.

To date, NYPA and the City of Yonkers have partnered on $15 million in energy efficiency projects, saving taxpayers more than $1.6 million per year and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 7,713 tons annually. Yonkers has been a NYPA customer since 1976. In 2012, as a result of purchasing NYPA’s low-cost electricity, the city saved more than $800,000, compared to standard utility rates.

Completed City of Yonkers Energy Efficiency Project At Nine Sites

  1. Department of Public Works Vehicle Repair Center - The installation of lighting upgrades and new heating system controls to reduce energy use.
  2. E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Rink - The installation of lighting upgrades for the skating rink and office areas to reduce energy use.
  3. Grinton I. Will Branch, Yonkers Public Library - The installation of high-efficiency lighting upgrades and a full update of the library’s computer monitoring systems to reduce energy use.
  4. Robert W. Cacace Justice Center – The installation of high-efficiency lighting upgrades and a full update of the building’s computer monitoring systems to reduce energy use.
  5. Water Bureau & Treatment Plant - The installation of lighting upgrades and the replacement of electrical equipment damaged by Hurricane Irene flooding.
  6. Yonkers City Hall – The replacement of metal halide fixtures with high-efficiency LED lighting on the roof, which illuminate the building’s clock tower, and the installation of LED lighting in the City Council Chamber and Ceremonial Court Room to reduce energy use.
  7. First Police Precinct - The installation of a new boiler heat timer to reduce natural gas consumption.
  8. Second Police Precinct/Fire Station No.7 - The installation of a new boiler heat timer to reduce natural gas consumption.
  9. 87 Nepperhan Avenue, a city building – The installation of a new boiler heat timer to reduce natural gas consumption.

Every NYPA energy efficiency project results in energy, maintenance and operating savings that pay for the cost of the initiative. The total savings for each project exceed the cost of the upgrades over the lifespan of the improvements. Program participants repay NYPA’s financing costs by sharing the savings; after the costs have been repaid, participants retain all the savings.

To view all of the energy efficiency projects that are currently underway, visit www.nypa.gov/eeprojects.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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