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For Immediate Release
December 09, 2011

New York State Bridge Authority Saves Energy
With Central Hudson's Lighting Program

(Highland, NY) The New York State Bridge Authority is protecting the environment and saving money by replacing older lights at eight Hudson Valley bridge and facility locations with high efficiency lamps and fixtures through Central Hudson’s Commercial Lighting program. The lighting retrofit is expected to reduce electricity costs at these facilities by more than $46,000 annually, and save 332,000 kilowatt-hours of energy use per year, or the amount needed to power 28 homes. By using high efficiency lighting, the Bridge Authority is also reducing greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions by nearly 515,000 pounds per year, or the equivalent of removing 45 cars from the road or planting 64 acres of trees.

“We are extremely pleased with the results of Central Hudson’s efforts to help us cut costs and reduce energy consumption,” said Bridge Authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero. “Every dollar we save in expenses allows us to focus on maintaining our facilities and allowing our tolls to go even further in providing safe and affordable bridges.”

“We offer our congratulations to the New York State Bridge Authority for taking this important step,” said James P. Laurito, President of Central Hudson. “Reducing energy use will provide ongoing environmental benefits and savings for many years to come.”

Lighting will be replaced at facilities located at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, Mid-Hudson Bridge, Beacon-Newburgh Bridge and related buildings at no charge to the Bridge Authority.

Participants in Central Hudson’s Commercial Lighting program receive a lighting assessment and retrofit with high-efficiency lamps and fixtures. Central Hudson pays 60 percent of the total cost, and municipalities and businesses may finance the balance interest-free over 14 months, which is the average payback time. The energy savings generally covers the loan repayment. The program is open to commercial and non-residential customers with an average monthly electric demand of up to 350 kilowatts.

To date, more than 1,490 lighting projects have been completed through Central Hudson’s Commercial Lighting Program to benefit local businesses and municipalities. Participating small commercial customers have realized an average savings of 23 percent on electric bills, and mid-size customers an average of 11 percent. Together, these savings will reduce electric bills in total by an estimated $3.25 million per year, and avoid 17,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions into the environment. This program is one of several energy efficiency initiatives offered by Central Hudson to assist residents, businesses and government facilities.