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Panel says conservation pays.

It's not too late to take advantage this summer of programs aimed at reducing energy costs, according to members of an energy conservation panel at the recent BuildingsNY trade show.

"We don't want to be the next California," said Peter DiCapua, of the Electric Power Procurement Alliance. "These programs will pay you to conserve energy. It's a no brainer."

DiCapua hosted the panel, one of several educational programs held at the trade show, which was sponsored by the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York, Inc. The show was held June 19 and 20 at the Jacob L. Javits Convention Center.

Panel speakers were Tom Barone, program manager energy efficiency services of the New York State Energy Research and Development Association; Andrew Jacob, vice president of Con Edison; and David Lawrence, senior engineer of the New York Independent System Operator.

Panel members outlined programs offered by their organizations, which offer economic incentives for conserving energy. With the growth of New York City over the past five years, energy consumption has also grown. By putting energy conservation programs into place now, New York is hoping to avoid the type of problems currently being experienced in California.

Barone said NYSERDA began looking into the problem in 1998. The state Public Service Commission gave the organization $78 million each year for the years 1998 through 2001 for energy conservation programs. In July 2001, the organization will receive $150 million for programs.

"I have a lot of money to give away today," he said. "Virtually anyone in this room can avail themselves of these programs."

Under one program, NYSERDA will pay up to 50 percent of the cost for a consulting engineer to visit a site and determine ways that a building owner can conserve. If the owner implements the changes recommended by the engineer, the study is free, Barone said.

Another programs aimed at new construction, rewards developers that include energy saving devices in new buildings. There are currently 500 applications for projects totaling 50 million SF under consideration for the program. Incentives range from $135 to $275,000 for those projects, for a total of approximately $20 million, he said.

"We give the contractor an incentive based on a promise that a project will save energy," Barone said. "If the project is successful, they get paid. If not, they don't."

Jacob said Con Edison's primary role is to assist customers in taking advantage of NYSERDA's programs, but Con Edison has some programs of its own that customers can use in conjunction with NYSERDA programs. For instance, voluntary real time pricing allows customers to be billed for energy at the day-ahead, hourly prices. This requires a minimum demand of 100 kilowatts, interval meters, and one-year subscription, Jacobs said.

The steam air conditioning program gives, customers $2 for every thousand pounds of steam used, with a subscription limit of 25,000 tons, Jacobs said.

"Con Edison is here to help you spend NYSERDA's money," he said.

Lawrence said the programs offered by the NYISO are geared more for wholesale customers. For instance, the emergency demand. response program .pays customers who voluntarily agree to load interruption or use emergency backup generators. He said, so far, there has been 65 megawatts of participation in the New York City area.

"These numbers are greater than expected," Lawrence said.
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