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Southern Tier Businesses, Municipalities, K-12 School Districts, Hospitals Reduce Energy Costs

132 Southern Tier Institutions Received NYSERDA Incentives during First Half of 2011

July 28, 2011

BINGHAMTON, NY — Municipalities, K-12 school districts, hospitals, businesses and colleges throughout the Southern Tier continue to make energy-saving investments that are reducing energy costs by $724,637 annually, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced today.

NYSERDA's commercial and industrial programs provided more than $720,661 in incentives to 132 Southern Tier 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 Southern Tier Region — 4.7 million kilowatt hours — is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by 680 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. 

Southern Tier incentive recipients included:

  • Ithaca College installed energy-efficiency variable frequency drives and electric controls in its main dining hall. The project will reduce annual energy costs by nearly $14,000 annually and decrease electricity consumption by 105,000 kilowatt hours.
  • Penguin Group, USA in Kirkwood replaced old, inefficient lighting with high-performance fixtures and installed occupancy sensors. The project will help reduce energy costs by nearly $31,000 annually and decrease electricity consumption by 305,000 kilowatt hours.

“Under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYSERDA is working in partnership with public and private institutions and companies throughout the Southern Tier 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 Southern Tier figures cited above include facilities in Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins 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