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Power Authority Trustees Support Statewide Energy-Savings "Stay Cool" Campaign

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Brian Warner
914-390-8183
brian.warner@nypa.gov

May 21, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will again this summer work with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to encourage consumers to use energy wisely and purchase energy-efficient products when replacing common household appliances—especially air conditioners.  

 The NYPA trustees yesterday authorized a contribution of up to $900,000 in support of “Stay Cool,”  a statewide campaign promoting the use of energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® air conditioners, and for encouraging consumers to follow simple energy-saving tips to help reduce their energy costs. 

“As energy costs continue to rise, New Yorkers are best served when they make smart energy decisions. ‘Stay Cool’ supports Governor Paterson’s goal of reducing energy use statewide by providing valuable energy-saving tips and encouraging the use of energy-efficient appliances which help save on energy bills and also contribute to improving the environment,” said Roger B. Kelley, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.  

Since the inception of “Stay Cool” in summer 2001, the number of ENERGY STAR air conditioners sold in New York State, now comprise more than 50 percent of all room air conditioners sold. In 2007, the program achieved a peak load energy reduction of 1.5 megawatts (enough power for 800-1,000 homes) while removing 10,000 old, inefficient air conditioners from use. Consumers have turned in a total of more than 300,000 outdated room air conditioners through the program.  

NYSERDA Chairman, Vincent A. DeIorio said, "NYSERDA is pleased to partner once again with NYPA in this important summer initiative to encourage New Yorkers to turn in their old, inefficient room air conditioners and replace them with an ENERGY STAR model. This initiative is important not only in terms of energy savings, but also to help shrink our carbon footprint and lower electric demand in the State. We encourage all New Yorkers to join in the effort to reduce energy use and protect the environment by looking for the ENERGY STAR label when in the market for a new air conditioner."  

The other component of “Stay Cool,” is “Have an Energy Smart Summer.”  This educational campaign provides homeowners with useful suggestions to lower their energy bills such as installing programmable thermostats, operating washers and driers after 8 p.m., using ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent bulbs,  turning off lights when rooms are unoccupied and planting shade trees near homes to reduce the use of air conditioning.. These tips and more, along with lists of retailers selling ENERGY STAR room air-conditioners, can be found at www.GetEnergySmart.org

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

About NYSERDA:

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. To learn more ways to save energy, visit www.GetEnergySmart.org or call 1-877-NY-SMART.

 

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