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April 28, 2016

Date: April 28, 2016
Contact: Dennis Gaffney                                                         
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Albany, NY—Today, Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan announced that a new light replacement program that is underway inside City of Albany buildings and in City parks and fields will save $100,000 in energy costs annually. The High-Efficiency Lighting Upgrade Program will also reduce the amount of carbon emissions released by City activities by eight tons annually. The more efficient lighting is made possible through funding from the New York Power Authority’s Five Cities Energy Plans, which includes the City of Albany.

“As a sustainable city, we are committed to taking concrete steps to reduce carbon emissions and being a leader in the fight against global warming,” Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan said. ”This is a win-win program, because what’s good for the environment is good for taxpayers. Energy efficiency means energy savings, reducing the overall tax impact on Albany residents. We thank Governor Cuomo and NYPA for their commitment to helping us become a ‘Smart City’ when it comes to energy consumption.”

“This project is emblematic of the important and necessary projects that can be accomplished under the Five Cities program,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA, the nation’s largest state-owned utility. “We look forward to working with Albany as it takes even greater strides toward meeting its energy efficiency goals.” The City carbon reduction under the $619,000 in funding from NYPA to the City of Albany under its Five Cities Energy Plan is the equivalent of taking 550 cars off the road.

Once the project is complete, the City will have replaced 7,500 lights in City parks and fields as well as 23 municipal buildings, including four police stations and eight fire stations. NYPA last year unveiled the Five Cities Energy Master Plans, which include formula grants for energy efficiency projects in the five biggest cities in the state besides New York City. One goal is to improve energy efficiency at Albany municipal facilities 20 percent by 2020 and 20 percent city-wide by 2030.

The $619,000 NYPA funding allows the City to pursue major energy-saving measures, including:

  • The ongoing light replacement project;
  • A Street Light Feasibility Study, to find ways to save money on street lights; and
  • The High-Efficiency Lighting Upgrade Program.
Click here to view Albany’s Five Cities Energy Plan, produced with NYPA.