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Rochester Area Businesses, Municipalities, K-12 School Districts, Hospitals Reduce Energy Costs $2.7 Million

247 Finger Lakes Institutions Received NYSERDA Incentives during First Half of 2011

July 28, 2011

ROCHESTER, NY — Municipalities, K-12 school districts, hospitals, businesses and colleges throughout the Finger Lakes Region continue to make energy-saving investments that are reducing energy costs by more than $2.7 million annually, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced today.

NYSERDA's commercial and industrial programs provided more than $2.4 million in incentives to 247 Finger Lakes Region businesses and institutions during the first six months of 2011. These incentives helped fund the purchase and installation of high performance lighting and controls, HVAC, high efficiency chillers and boilers, building management systems and various other energy efficiency measures.

The energy savings in the Finger Lakes Region — more than 17.6 million kilowatt hours—is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by 2,600 single-family homes and will be realized by these entities every year for years to come. Companies and institutions that made performance-based upgrades not only save energy but also improve productivity and lower equipment maintenance and operating costs.
Finger Lakes Region incentive recipients included:

  • Heritage Christian Home in East Rochester installed performance-based lighting and occupancy sensors throughout 55 group homes. The project will help reduce energy costs by $41,435 annually and decrease electricity consumption by nearly 355,000 kilowatt hours
  • Geneva General Hospital installed energy-efficient lighting and ballasts throughout the hospital. The project will help reduce energy costs by $55,000 annually and decrease electricity consumption by 381,000 kilowatt hours and natural gas consumption by 11,692 MMBtus

“Under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYSERDA is working in partnership with public and private institutions and companies throughout the Finger Lakes Region to invest in proven technologies and strategies that are reducing energy costs, improving environmental quality and supporting economic growth and job creation,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “I commend these leaders for their commitment to more environmentally sustainable practices and encourage other institutions and businesses to apply for the incentives in 2011 for energy efficiency improvements for new and existing building projects.”

NYSERDA is a one-stop shop for credible, accessible information on energy efficiency and, through successful public-private partnerships across New York State, it plays an important economic development role, as it helps all energy consumers improve their bottom lines by reducing operating costs.

The Finger Lakes Region figures cited above include facilities in Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Monroe and Wayne counties.

For more information, visit NYSERDA.ny.gov.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Last Updated: 01/21/2014