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Buffalo Energy Expo Set for Nov. 5 with Energy-Saving Ideas for Homes and Businesses

For further information
Connie Cullen, NYPA, (914) 390-8196  
Thomas G. Collins, NYSERDA, 518-862-1090, ext 3250
Jon Sorenson, CPB, 518-473-9472

October 26, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY—The Buffalo Energy Expo, a free event on how to conserve energy and lower utility bills, is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Dr. Charles R. Drew Magnet School, adjacent to the Buffalo Museum of Science in Buffalo.  Learn how to reduce energy use from professionals and vendors featuring energy-efficient products and services.  Information on low-cost financing opportunities to install energy-saving products at your home or business will also be available.  Over 30 vendors and organizations will be represented, with many offering free raffles of energy-efficient products or services.

Sponsors of the Buffalo Energy Expo are:  the New York Power Authority (NYPA); New York Energy $mart, a joint initiative of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC); the New York State Consumer Protection Board (CPB), and National Grid.

“With higher prices predicted for heating and electricity this year, the Buffalo Energy Expo will build on Power Authority and its sponsoring partners’ statewide efforts to encourage energy conservation.  You’ll find ideas on how to prepare for the chilly winter season using energy-efficient products and services to keep your home and business, warm and bright, while helping to reduce your energy bill,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.

“Western New Yorkers know that the winter months mean cold temperatures and high heating bills.  Improving the energy efficiency of homes and businesses is the best way to stay comfortable and avoid high heating bills.  NYSERDA is pleased to partner with NYPA and our other sponsors in providing local homeowners and businesses with energy-saving tips and strategies that can help lower utility costs,” said Peter R. Smith, president, NYSERDA.

“New York State has many programs, financial assistance and practical advice to help people prepare for price increases that will be hitting homeowners across the country,” said Teresa A. Santiago, Chairperson and Executive Director, CPB. "Along with the state Public Service Commission, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Power Authority, the Consumer Protection Board and other state agencies are working to educate New Yorkers on the ways they can weatherize their home and reduce energy consumption.”

“We are pleased to join NYPA, New York Energy Smart and the Consumer Protection Board in sponsoring the Buffalo Energy Expo,” said William F. Edwards, president, NY Distribution, National Grid.  “This event offers residents and local businesses an opportunity to learn more about energy efficiency that will yield savings and provide benefits for this winter and for years to come."

The Buffalo Energy Expo will also feature WBEN-930-AM’s Domenic Cortese as he broadcasts live, his program, “The Home Improvement Hour,” from 10 am to 11 am, with several call-ins by Coretese to WBEN from the Expo until 1pm.

Due to tight supplies of oil and natural gas, which are used to produced over 30 percent of New York’s electricity, plus predictions of further shortages and rising energy costs resulting from Hurricane Katrina and Rita, many homes, businesses, non-profit groups and public facilities have been seeking information on energy conservation efforts.  The Energy Expo offers a variety of ways to implement those efforts.

An “energy audit” is an effective way to assess the potential savings from installing energy efficient products at your home and business.  At the Energy Expo, home performance contractors, professionals in completing energy audits for home owners, will be available for questions and can set-up an energy audit for your home.  Also at the Expo, small business owners can meet with experts in performing energy audits for commercial and non-profit operations.

Vendors will have available many energy-efficient products for lighting, heating and insulation, and much more.  Companies servicing oil and propane systems will be on hand to show ways to improve the efficiency of that equipment.  Solar energy products, and other renewable energy sources, for home and business applications, will also be presented.

If you are a provider or vendor of energy efficient products or services, and are interested in exhibiting at the Expo, please contact Andrea Phillips, New York Power Authority, at 1-914-391-5420 or andrea.phillips@nypa.gov.

Statewide, NYPA has completed energy-efficiency projects at over 2,200 public buildings helping save taxpayer dollars on municipal energy bills.  NYPA also assists residential and business customers of the municipal electric systems and rural cooperatives with energy conservation. These energy saving measures include high-efficiency lighting, motors, heating and air conditioning, boilers, building-shell measures, and clean energy technologies such as solar energy projects.

NYSERDA administers, along with the PSC, the New York Energy $mart program which is contributing to improving energy diversity in the State by reducing electricity use through energy efficiency, and increasing the use of renewable energy. More than 40 energy-related programs are offered under the Energy Smart program portfolio that also provide environmental and economic benefits for the State’s residents and businesses. For more information on these programs, please call 1-866-NYS-ERDA or visit www.nyserda.org.

Weatherization projects and other energy-saving tips provided by many different agencies can now be accessed from a single source: the CPB’s website, www.nysconsumer.gov.  The CPB is coordinating the State's efforts in public education and outreach as part of its "Have an Energy Smart Winter" campaign.

National Grid through the transmission and distribution of electricity and natural gas, serves close to 4 million customers across 29,000 square miles of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. Its parent company, National Grid PLC is an international energy delivery business located in the United Kingdom with principal activities in the regulated electricity and natural gas industries.