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Officials visit home with Plattsburgh's latest energy conservation initiative

PLATTSBURGH Don Kasprzak, Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh, was joined today by John S. Brown, Manager of the Plattsburgh Municipal Lighting Department (PMLD), Patricia Lucia, Executive Director of the Plattsburgh Municipal Housing Authority and John Hamor, Executive Director of State Government Affairs, New York Power Authority (NYPA) to announce Plattsburghs latest energy conservation initiative with the recent installation of over 400 new Energy Star refrigerators in senior and other public housing here. After the announcement, Ted and Ann Cooper, senior residents of Lakeview Towers, invited the officials into their home to view the new refrigerator they received as part of this new program.

This joint venture with the Power Authority shows the continuing work by our city to conserve energy which lowers electric bills and also contributes to cleaner air through reduced energy use, said Mayor Kasprzak. Plattsburgh is proud of its energy conservation record through our Municipal Lighting Department, including helping to implement numerous energy-efficient lighting projects at local government, commercial and educational facilities, and distributing over 17,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs free to our residents.

From New York City to Buffalo and now Plattsburgh, NYPAs refrigerator replacement program is helping our state conserve energy, said Hamor. Conserving energy is vitally important for the states future so we have the power we need, a better environment and greater independence from foreign energy sources.

Reducing electricity use preserves the allocation of low-cost hydropower the city receives from the Power Authority and that helps our customers save money on their electric bills, said Brown. As refrigerators run 24/7 this program reduces electric use during peak times, which means less of the additional, more costly market power is needed. Market rates are roughly twice the hydro rate in our region.

This program is a win-win for all involved with our residents receiving beautiful new refrigerators and the housing authority reducing its operating costs by reducing energy use, said Lucia. Refrigerators can be the largest user of electricity in most homes, so by installing these new units, we have found a way to save energy without any compromise in refrigeration.

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