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Energy Groups Offer Solutions to Homeowners At Syracuse Home Show – March 16 to 19

(Joint press release NYPA, NYSERDA and National Grid)

Contact:          
Connie Cullen, NYPA
914-390-8196
connie.cullen@nypa.gov 
Thomas G. Collins, NYSERDAs
518-862-1090, ext. 3250

March 13, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and National Grid have teamed up to offer energy-saving ideas, advice and solutions to homeowners at the “Energy Booth” in the Cargill Exhibit Center at the Syracuse Home Show at the New York State Fairgrounds from March 16 to 19.

“With homes and businesses feeling the pinch of dramatically higher energy prices this winter, the ‘Energy Booth’ at the Syracuse Home Show will build on Power Authority’s and its partners’ statewide efforts to encourage energy conservation which saves energy and dollars, too.  You’ll find ideas on how to prepare for the energy needs of every season by using energy-efficient products and services to keep your home and business, warm and bright, while helping to reduce your energy bill,” said Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.

"Providing consumers with the information they need to improve the energy efficiency of their homes is one of the most important things we do," said Peter Smith, president and chief executive officer of NYSERDA. "The Home Show is a great opportunity for people to visit our joint ‘Energy Booth’ and get the information they need to make changes that can help reduce their energy bills."

“We are pleased to join NYPA, New York Energy $mart and the Homebuilders Association of Central New York as partners in the Syracuse Home Show,” 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."

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 Booth” 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 Booth,” you’ll learn about home performance contractors who are professionals in completing energy audits for home owners.  Find out what you should know so you can arrange for an energy audit for your home. Also at the “Energy Booth” will be information for small business owners and the advantages of getting an energy audit performed for commercial and non-profit operations.

Information will be available on many energy-efficient products for lighting, heating and insulation, and much more.  Understanding the need for proper servicing of oil and propane systems will show you ways to improve the efficiency of that equipment.  Availability of solar energy products, and other renewable energy sources, for home and business applications, will also be presented.

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 New York Public Service Commission, 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

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.

About NYPA:

■    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 plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. 

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