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Officials visit home with Plattsburgh's latest energy conservation initiative

We are grateful to the City of Plattsburgh, our lighting department and housing authority, and the Power Authority for working together to make these refrigerators available to the residents of Lakeview Towers, said Ted Cooper. His wife, Ann, added, It is important we all play a part in conserving energy.

The model installed is a Hotpoint Energy Star 15.7 Cu. Ft. Top-Freezer Refrigerator. The new refrigerators use about 50% less energy than the current units. They reduce consumption by almost 300 kilowatt hoursequivalent to a 60-watt light bulb burning for 5,000 hours. Total cost for the program will be approximately $245,500. The total of barrels of oil to be displaced by this is almost 206 annually and greenhouse gases avoided over the course of a year will be about 62 tons.

Working with PMLD, NYPA provided an energy study covering design and technical information, oversaw procurement and installation of the new refrigerators, supervised removal of the old units and arranged recycling of appropriate parts.

Plattsburgh is financing the refrigerators from the Independent Energy Efficiency Program (IEEP). Plattsburgh is 1 of 22 of the states municipal electric utilities that belong to IEEP. IEEP is a nonprofit organization providing a broad spectrum of energy-efficiency services designed for municipal electric systems in New York.

Funds expended by IEEP members are generated through a very small charge incorporated into their electric rates which have been approved by the New York State Public Service Commission and the Power Authority. Since 2001 municipal systems participating in IEEP have made a collective investment of more than $9 million in energy efficiency programs.

Along with Plattsburgh, the Villages of Tupper Lake and Lake Placid became the first 3 municipal electric systems in the state to participate in the refrigerator-replacement initiative from NYPA. In addition to IEEP financing, municipal systems have other financing options which can be used solely or in combination. The options also include municipal or private financing, or low-interest financing from the Power Authority for implementing energy-efficient projects with NYPA design and technical assistance. Rural cooperative electric systems are also eligible for assistance from the Power Authority.

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