New York Complex To Be Heated By $3 Million Biomass System

Before long, the Ray Brook State Office Complex will be heated by wood-pellet power. Construction has begun on a biomass boiler heating loop that will use that fuel to keep warm the headquarters of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 5, Adirondack Park Agency and State Police Troop B. The $3 million renewable energy […]

Before long, the Ray Brook State Office Complex will be heated by wood-pellet power. Construction has begun on a biomass boiler heating loop that will use that fuel to keep warm the headquarters of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 5, Adirondack Park Agency and State Police Troop B.

The $3 million renewable energy project has been undertaken by the New York Power Authority in partnership with DEC, State Police and APA in support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program, which calls for a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption by all state agencies by 2020.

The high-efficiency, low-emission boiler system will save the state in annual energy costs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 391 tons a year — that’s the equivalent of taking more than 80 cars off the road, a press release from NYPA said.

In addition, the project will help sustain the regional forest products industry, a critical component of the North Country’s economy.

Officials from several state government agencies were joined by state and local elected officials in a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this week to kick off construction. “The Ray Brook Biomass Project is another big step towards Governor (Andrew) Cuomo’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of renewable energy sources,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement.

From the Press Republican: http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/raybrook-complex-to-be-heated-by-million-renewable-energy-system/article_b8e8b4a3-2c42-5ffa-adab-9726ab91b518.html

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