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Source: Newsday

Kessel touts $4.3M energy upgrade at W. Babylon plant


Posted: March 19, 2009
Originally Published: March 18, 2009

Photo of the conference at the Bergen Point sewage treatment plant.

At the Bergen Point sewage treatment plant in West Babylon for the announcement are, from left, Neal Lewis of the Neighborhood Network, Adrienne Esposito of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island, Richard Kessel of NYPA, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. (Newsday Photo / Mark Harrington / March 19, 2009)

New York Power Authority chief Richard Kessel appeared at the Bergen Point sewage treatment plant in West Babylon Wednesday to announce completion of a $4.3 million energy-efficiency upgrade at the site.

The addition of efficient motors, compressors and lighting are projected to save $375,000 a year in electric costs. LIPA chief executive Kevin Law said LIPA contributed $125,000 in rebates toward that project.

Kessel said NYPA would help fund replication of the work at sewage and water treatment plants around the state as part of a plan to cut their electricity usage by 20 percent by 2015.