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NYSERDA Earns EPA Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with a 2011 ENERGY STAR  Sustained Excellence Award on Tuesday, April 12, for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

The 2011 Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. Winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, employing innovative approaches, and showing others what can be achieved through energy efficiency.

This award recognizes NYSERDA’s ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors.

Here’s a look at NYSERDA’s 2010 highlights:

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Energy Efficient Seminars for Small Businesses this Month

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC), NYS Empire State Development, National Grid and Nassau and Suffolk Counties are sponsoring free informational seminars this month on how to access financial incentives and achieve cost savings through energy efficiency, process efficiency, and technical assistance programs.

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Huntington Improves Efficiency at Wastewater Plant

According to the Town of Huntington’s web site, the municipality’s wastewater treatment plant last month became the first location in the country to install a Delta Hybrid Rotary Lobe Compressor in one its blowers, a pilot project technology that is expected to save $80,000 annually.

The instillation of the Delta Hybrid Rotary Lobe Compressor is in accord with keeping the plant at the forefront of technology that promotes both efficient operation and environmental preservation, according to the town’s web site. Two years ago the plant underwent an $18 million upgrade. That upgrade reduced the plant’s nitrogen discharge by 90 percent, allowing the town to meet state-mandated 2014 water quality standards well ahead of schedule and thus earning a Platinum Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
           
The town estimated on its web site that the Hybrid Rotary Lobe Compressor has provided a 30 percent drop in energy usage for the blower. If applied to all three blowers at the pant for an entire year, that would translates to a savings of 180,000 kWh of electricity.

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LIPA rolls out rebate for hybrids

LIPA announced a new rebate program Monday, December 20 and its aimed at keeping energy efficiency rolling.

Joined by Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron, and managers of the Atlantic Chevrolet Cadillac Dealership in Bay Shore, LIPA CEO Michael Hervey introduced a $500 rebate good through the end of 2011 for any customer who purchases a new, qualified plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), or plug-in electric vehicle (PEV).

“This is very exciting for us,” said Hervey standing in front of a brand new black 2011 Chevy Volt, one of the first to arrive on Long Island. “These cars are much more efficient to drive than gasoline.”

As of now, the rebate applies to the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. To qualify, a sales receipt, car registration, and proof of current LIPA service must be provided to the utility company. Afterwards, a rebate check will be mailed to those that qualify, according to Hervey.

The first to benefit from the rebate was Bill Rosenthal. The East Hampton resident, who found out about the rebate on the morning of the announcement, was at the dealership to purchase the new Chevy Volt.

“I’ve been following the Volt for quite some time,” Rosenthal said. “It’s fun to drive and its something that will help the environment.”

For Rosenthal, 49, this is his second Chevy Volt and called the vehicle ideal for his daily commute of less than one mile and his weekly commute of under 40. He said the car’s price tag is just north of $40,000, but qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Rosenthal said he is planning on using the rebate to purchase a charging station for his new vehicle.

This rebate initiative makes LIPA the first utility in the state to offer an electric vehicle program. Mr. Hervey said the $500 rebate is enough to cover the approximated electrical costs for the yearly charging of a PHEV. He said an increase in electric vehicles on the road would only help LIPA service its customers.

“Providing incentives for these cars, which will likely be charged at off-peak times, will allow for LIPA to purchase power at lower costs, which benefits all of our customers economically and environmentally,” Mr. Hervey said.

The announcement of the rebate comes only weeks after LIPA reinstated its solar pioneer program for homeowners purchasing a photovoltaic system. Under LIPA’s Efficiency Long Island program, a large array of rebates are offered to help customers reduce their energy usage. To find out more, visit LIPA’s rebate page on its web site.

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Citizens Campaign hold renewable energy event December 14

Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a leading non-profit environmental advocacy organization, will hold an informative event Tuesday, December 14 to educate the public about Long Island’s renewable future.

The event, which will include experts from LIPA, aims to educate the public about renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives on the horizon. Some areas that will be touched upon include:current LIPA renewable energy and efficiency programs; the LI-NYC Offshore Wind Project; as well as the Eastern Long Island Solar Carport Project (see January 20 post on this blog).

Citizens Campaign will host the event from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the TD Bank located at 90 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale. To RSVP, contact Citizens Campaign at either of these email address: tbono@citizenscampaign.org or eileen.baker@yesbank.com.

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King named to Cuomo’s energy committee

Tom King, president of National Grid in the United States, was named to New York Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo’s Environment and Energy Transition Committee, the company announced today.

King, who joined National Grid as Executive Director of Electricity Distribution & Generation, and as president in July 2007, noted in a press release from the company today that the Governor-elect’s energy plan, Power NY, outlines a comprehensive path to success in energy efficiency, smart grid, renewables and critical need for continued investment in energy infrastructure.

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the United States, the company delivers electricity to roughly 3.3 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and manages the electrical network on Long Island under an agreement with LIPA.

National Grid It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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RELI is now on Facebook

Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI) is the leading non-profit organization on Long Island when it comes to promoting and working towards energy efficiency and energy sustainability. As a non-profit RELI seeks participation from its member base, but also the public. The great thing about this group is its encouragement for everyone to get involved in shaping the energy revolution and now they make that easier by allowing anyone interested to keep in touch via facebook. Check out the organizations page here: RELI on Facebook

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