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Agency contacts:                                                         NYSERDA contact
Mary Schatz (mary@ingramschatz.com )                       Colleen Ryan (cqr@nyserda.org)
Phone: 212-600-4469                                                   Phone: 866-NYSERDA ext. 3359
                                                                                    www.getenergysmart.org

NYPA Contact:                                                            Staten Island Borough President Contact:
Brian Warner (Brian.Warner@nypa.gov)                         Pat Wilks (pwilks@statenislandusa.com )
Phone: 914-390-8183                                                   Phone: 718-816-2049

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Staten Island joins the BE COOL Challenge
Borough President’s Office supports 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 the Staten Island Borough President’s Office

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

 WHERE:          10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island Borough Hall in the conference room

WHEN:            August 13, 2007 at 1 p.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. Staten Island has turned in 323 room air conditioners, saving 43,150 kWh of electricity and reducing 47,119 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air.

ABOUT US:   
NYSERDA uses innovation and technology to solve some of New York's most difficult energy and environmental problems in ways that improve the State's economy. Visit www.GetEnergySmart.org 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 such as schools, hospitals and universities.  Visit www.nypa.gov  to learn more about the New York Power Authority.

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