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April 9, 2014

Energy efficiency installed in Tupper Lake schools

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One way to shore up against high costs is to reduce power use.

“While Tupper Lake, as a municipal electricity customer of the Power Authority, benefits from low-cost hydropower for a significant portion of its electricity needs, the power that it obtains from market purchases has been affected by the higher fuel costs, underscoring the value of energy efficiency investments to reduce electricity demand,” she said in the statement.

‘GOOD FOR TAXPAYERS’

Cost savings will measure up in time.

“Over the course of years, it will pay for itself,” McGowan said.

“We had an initial outlay, but it did not impact the budget. Anytime we can save energy costs, not only is it good for the environment, it’s good for the taxpayers.”

The Power Authority said Tupper Lake receives 19.3 megawatts of low-cost power generated at the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Project.

John Bouck, superintendent of Tupper Lake’s Municipal Electric Department, told the Press-Republican that extensive work was done at the school buildings.

“There were major upgrades to the lighting, and the new boilers are energy efficient.”

But given the extended and intense cold this winter, high-energy demand this season may forestall immediate cost returns.

“This may be a year they may not see as much savings,” Bouck said of the $24,000 previously projected by the Power Authority. “That’s an estimated savings, I’m sure, that could fluctuate based on seasonal requirements.”

GREEN LESSONS

Tupper Lake’s Green Team students were able to learn from the energy-improvement project, McGowan said.

And Sen. Betty Little sees energy efficiency as a critical component of  economic growth for future generations.

“Today’s students are tech savvy and energy aware — keys to the emerging economy and hallmarks of Gov. Cuomo’s economic-development policy,” she said in a statement.

“Savings from efficiency upgrades in our schools can be reinvested in our children’s education, ensuring they will be ready for the job market.”

Email Kim Smith Dedam:kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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