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January 22, 2003

New York State Supports Industrial Energy Efficiency

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has been busily promoting industrial energy efficiency throughout the state in recent weeks. NYSERDA provided nearly $735,000 to install high-efficiency chillers at IBM's East Fishkill facility, cutting energy use for cooling by 15 percent. In Lackawanna, the Electro Abrasives Corporation is drawing on NYSERDA incentives totaling nearly $480,000 for its million-dollar project to upgrade a variety of air-handling equipment. The project will cut the plant's electrical load by more than 500 kilowatts, saving more than $285,000 per year in electricity costs. And in Ravena, the Lafarge Building Material plant—one of the largest cement plants in the world—used NYSERDA incentive payments of more than $555,000 to upgrade its raw material mills, equipment for rotating its kilns, and cooler fans, reducing its electrical demand by 2,460 kilowatts. To help respond to power emergencies, the company installed a sophisticated power monitoring system that will allow it to cut its electrical load by an additional 22,000 kilowatts within about one hour. NYSERDA is also providing more than $1.2 million to seven municipal water and wastewater projects that are employing energy-efficient techniques of treating water.