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Capital Region Businesses, Municipalities, K-12 School Districts, Hospitals Cut Energy Costs By $3.6 Million

175 Capital Region Institutions Received NYSERDA Incentives during First Half of 2011

July 28, 2011

ALBANY, NY — Municipalities, K-12 school districts, hospitals, businesses and colleges throughout the Capital Region continue to make energy-saving investments that are reducing energy costs by $3.6 million annually, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced today.

NYSERDA's commercial and industrial programs provided more than $4 million in incentives to 175 Capital 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 Capital Region—23.3 million kilowatt hours—is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by 3,400 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. 

Capital Region incentive recipients included:

  • Saratoga County ARC installed geothermal heat pumps, high-efficiency lighting and occupancy controls, demand control ventilation and variable frequency drives. The project will help reduce energy costs by nearly $27,000 annually and decrease electricity consumption by 163,741 kilowatt hours.
  • Capital District YMCA Center in Schenectady installed high-efficiency lighting and occupancy controls in its facility. The project will help reduce energy costs by approximately $14,800 annually and decrease electricity consumption by 92,553 kilowatt hours.
  • Empire Wine Merchants North, LLC. in Coxsackie installed energy efficiency and green building measures in the construction of its new 256,000-square-foot facility. The project will help reduce energy costs by more than $194,000 annually and decrease electricity consumption by more than 1,000,000 kilowatt hours.

“Under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYSERDA is working in partnership with public and private institutions and companies throughout the Capital 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 Capital Region figures cited above include facilities in Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington 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: 01/17/2014