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160,000 Old Air Conditioners Retired in State Program; New Yorkers Getting Energy Smart and Reaping Benefits Year Round.

Business/News Editors, City Desks, Energy Writers

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2002

The 2002 Keep Cool Bounty Program, a statewide partnership between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), has seen overwhelming success.

The partners announced today that the Keep Cool program, which gives New York residents the opportunity to replace their old, inefficient, working room air conditioners with a new ENERGY STAR(R) model, and receive a $75 bounty, has greatly exceeded its goal for 2002. To date, the program has surpassed last year's total by four times. This year, 160,000 room air conditioners were turned in.

The program also includes a public awareness component focused on affecting change in resident's behavior and purchasing decisions by introducing simple energy saving tips In addition to money and energy savings, the Keep Cool program has proved to be far reaching, stimulating the economy and fostering environmental awareness, as well as empowering consumers to make smart energy saving decisions throughout the year.

William M. Flynn, President of NYSERDA said, "The success of the program this summer has been extremely rewarding to the State with the combination of money savings, economic development, increased environmental awareness, and important tips to help people conserve energy in their homes. This program is an example of Governor Pataki's balanced approach to energy issues facing New York State."

"The success of the Keep Cool Program on Long Island has exceeded all expectations," said LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel. "Inefficient room air conditioners waste a significant amount of electricity. The Keep Cool Program helped replace approximately 64,000 old and inefficient air conditioners this summer on Long Island with ENERGY STAR-rated high efficiency models. This represents a potential energy savings of almost 20 megawatts of electricity, which is especially helpful in meeting peak period demand."

NYPA President and CEO Eugene W. Zeltmann said, "The New York Power Authority is proud to have played a key role in the Keep Cool program, and in other energy-saving initiatives that have been developed and carried out under the leadership of Governor Pataki. Saving energy gives us a more reliable supply, lowers costs for consumers, helps clean the air and strengthens our economy."

Louis P. Ciminelli, Chairman of the New York Power Authority said, "Every watt of electricity saved by New Yorkers cuts energy costs and contributes to air quality. That's why Governor Pataki and New York State energy officials are encouraging consumers to look for the mark of energy efficiency, the ENERGY STAR label, when shopping for air conditioners and other major household appliances."

May M. Chao, Chairperson and Executive Director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board said, "Consumers in New York are always looking for smart ways to save money and one of the smartest ways is to use air conditioners and other products with the Energy Star label. Thanks to Governor Pataki and the energy-saving programs offered by a number of state agencies, New Yorkers have more ways than ever before to save money, energy and the environment."

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty said, "By increasing energy efficiency and reducing pollution, the Keep Cool program has significantly improved the environment in New York State. People are taking advantage of incentives to replace their old, inefficient air conditioners, helping to protect our air, land and water."

-- Consumers Saving Money Today and Tomorrow.

While the immediate savings of the $75 bounty has proved to be the initial motivator for most consumers, the long-term savings over the life of the unit is the true payoff. The replacement of 160,000 old, inefficient room air conditioners with new, energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR-labeled models will save program participants an estimated $35 in annual energy costs.

-- Economy Gets a Boost.

Local retailers have seen increased revenues from high volumes of customers seeking to replace their inefficient air conditioners. Nearly 600 retailers are participating in the program this year. The recycling industry has also seen an increase in business with the high volume of units being removed from the market. And the reduced energy bills means millions of dollars statewide can be spent elsewhere, further boosting the economy and creating jobs.

-- Load Reduction Helping Utilities Meet Demand.

By making smart energy saving decisions consumers are investing in the future and ensuring a consistent power supply for the state of New York. The Keep Cool program helps to reduce demand and ease constraints on the generation and transmission system. Retailers report that even beyond participants in Keep Cool, many more customers are choosing Energy Star due to increased awareness of the benefits of Energy Star products. Consumers have helped to reduce load by approximately 50 MW this year.

-- Cleaner Environment for New Yorkers.

By properly disposing of old, inefficient working room air conditioners consumers are helping improve air quality and the environment. For instance, this year's program will reduce statewide emissions of carbon dioxide by approximately 16,000 tons, which is equivalent to removing close to 3,200 cars from New York's roadways for one year. In addition, nearly 9,000 tons of metals are being recycled. CFCs are being collected from old units and PCB-laden capacitors are being destroyed.

-- Simple Tips Save Energy Year Round!

By following simple energy saving tips and changing everyday behaviors, consumers can further reduce their energy consumption, especially during peak demand times. Look for the ENERGY STAR label, the symbol for energy efficiency, not only when shopping for an air conditioner, but also for other major appliances, as well as light fixtures and bulbs, windows, and home electronics. For central air conditioning systems, make sure the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is 12 or higher. Shift energy-intensive tasks, such as laundry and dishwashing, to off-peak hours -- nights, mornings, and weekends. Operate washers and dryers with full loads to get the most for your energy dollars. Install programmable thermostats, which can increase or decrease the temperature automatically, saving valuable energy and money.

-- Get Energy Smart

For more information on other energy efficiency programs and money saving tips during the upcoming months visit www.GetEnergySmart.org. Or call 1-877-NY-SMART (1-877-697-6278).

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 by the New York State Legislature. NYSERDA administers the New York Energy $mart(sm) program, which is designed to support certain public benefit programs during the transition to a more competitive electricity market. Some 1,100 projects in more than 30 programs are funded by a charge on the electricity transmitted and distributed by the State's investor-owned utilities. The New York Energy $martsm program provides energy efficiency services, including those directed at the low-income sector, research and development, and environmental protection activities.
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