Utica Federal Building joins GSA wind power program

UTICA, N.Y., Oct. 3, 2002 — At a press conference Monday afternoon with U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the Alexander Pirnie Federal Building’s participation in a wind power electricity agreement with Select Energy and Community Energy Inc. (CEI).

The Utica facility now joins the GSA’s Binghamton Federal Building as the only two federal sites in the country powered entirely by wind-generated electricity.

The GSA will buy 600,000 kilowatt-hours per year of wind energy produced by the Fenner Wind Farm in upstate New York and marketed by CEI of Wayne, Pennsylvania. CEI sells the energy wholesale to Berlin, Conn.-based Select Energy, which is providing a total of 10 megawatts of power to several GSA facilities in New York state through 2005. The wind energy contract took effect in July 2002 and extends 34 months.

CEI director Ron Kamen presented awards to Congressman Boehlert for his efforts in supporting the wind energy purchase, and to the GSA for their groundbreaking procurement of New Wind Energyâ„- for the building. According to Kamen, the wind energy for GSA’s New York facilities provides the state with economic development benefits, expands tax revenues for rural communities, and decreases America’s reliance on foreign energy sources.

“The USGSA’s purchase of wind power for 100% of the annual usage of the Alexander Pirnie Federal Building is an outstanding example of a ‘win-win-win’ scenario,” said Kamen. “Fuel-free electricity fulfills the building’s energy needs with zero pollution; local farmers hosting the wind turbines receive lease payments that help them keep their farms; local communities receive much-needed jobs and tax revenues; and our country gains a low-cost source of home-grown energy that increases our energy independence.”

“I believe that wind power will play a crucial role in a cleaner energy policy for this nation in the coming years,” Boehlert said. “Today’s announcement, much like the wind farms in Madison County, is another step in the right direction.”

Karl Reichelt, GSA Regional Administrator, said that ” … using wind power conforms to one of GSA’s strategic goals of being environmentally responsible as a federal government agency. The GSA is pleased to uphold President Bush’s commitment to protecting the environment by exploring alternative energy uses.”

According to Annette Durnack, vice president of Select Energy’s New York operations based in Syracuse, the wind electricity is provided to the Utica and Binghamton federal buildings as an addendum to GSA’s electric supply contract. “We applaud the GSA’s environmental commitment and their proactive approach to strategic energy choices,” said Durnack. “This is an exemplary instance of how businesses and institutions can take advantage of energy deregulation to meet their specific needs and long-term goals,” she said.

Select Energy is a provider of customized energy supply products serving customers in 11 states from Maine to Maryland. More information is available at www.selectenergy.com.

Wind energy is a fuel free, zero-emission electric power source. Compared to the average generation mix of a spot market purchase from the NY ISO, the Utica Federal Building wind purchase will annually offset approximately 926,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, a leading cause of global warming. The emissions reductions are equivalent to planting over 63,000 trees each year.

Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) is a marketer of wind-generated electricity, under the New Wind Energyâ„- brand. CEI brought the first commercial wind plant on line in the competitive Pennsylvania market in 1999, and since then has expanded the market for pollution-free electricity with the largest wind-farms east of the Mississippi. CEI customers include the five largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in the nation. For information on how to purchase wind energy, visit www.NewWindEnergy.com.

Source: Select Energy

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