Carey, NYPA President, Urges
Measures to Protect Environment, Save Oil
FOR RELEASE: AFTER 8 P.M., TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006
NEW YORK—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President
and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Carey called Tuesday night
for aggressive efforts to develop environmentally compatible “green”
buildings and to promote energy efficiency and clean energy sources.
“We must identify and develop the technologies that
will best enable us to cut our dependence on foreign oil, to combat
global warming and other threats to our environment and to assure
the reliable, affordable energy needed to fuel economic growth,”
Carey said in a speech to the New York Chapter of the Association of
“These are, of course, national and international
issues,” Carey told the audience at the New York Academy of Science.
“But I believe that New York State is well positioned to play a key
role in addressing them.”
He cited Gov. George E. Pataki’s national
leadership in advancing renewable energy, clean transportation and
energy efficiency and in “moving aggressively to improve air
quality.” Among projects involving the Power Authority, Carey said,
are the governor’s initiative to develop a least one clean-coal
power plant in New York State and to use clean, low-cost
hydroelectric power to produce hydrogen as a fuel for
Carey noted that as president and chief executive
officer of the Battery Park City Authority in Lower Manhattan, he
led a successful effort to create the nation’s first “green”
residential high-rise building—The Solaire, at 20 River Terrace.
“Green buildings must conform to a set of
environmental design and performance guidelines established by the
U.S. Green Building Council,” he said. “And they come in various
shades of green, as arrived at by the Council’s LEED [Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design] rating system. What they all have
in common is an astonishingly low impact on the environment.”
Carey said he is now directing a project at the
Power Authority to win LEED certification for NYPA’s office building
in White Plains by improving water efficiency, air purity and other
elements of building performance.
“There is enormous potential for quality,
economically sound investment in ‘green’ buildings,” he said.
He noted that the Power Authority already has cut
annual energy use in the White Plains building by more than 50
percent through a series of energy-efficiency measures, including
installation of a new cooling plant, lighting and motors, and a
computerized energy management system.
Overall, NYPA has invested more than $900 million
in energy-efficiency projects at public buildings throughout the
state, saving taxpayers $92 million a year through reduced
energy and maintenance costs, and cutting oil
imports by more than 1.5 million barrels annually. In addition,
Carey said, the Power Authority has installed 23 solar photovoltaic
projects and 13 fuel cells in various parts of the state, with
others pending, and is considering development of several biomass
NYPA is also part of a team working to identify one
or more potential sites in the state for private-sector development
of coal plants that would be significantly cleaner that conventional
coal-burning plants and would feature the capture, or sequestration,
of carbon dioxide.
Also under study, Carey said, is a “Hydropower to
Hydrogen” project that would use clean hydroelectric power from
NYPA’s Niagara Project to produce hydrogen through the electrolysis
of water. The hydrogen would power vehicles running on fuel cells
or modified internal combustion engines, helping to clean the air
and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
■ 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 facilities
in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of
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