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Regional Planning Board Awards Cortland $30k to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Regional Planning Board Awards Cortland $30k to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The City of Cortland has received a $30 thousand dollar grant to help offset the cost of energy efficiency upgrades at the city’s waste water treatment plant.

The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board has awarded Cortland $30 thousand dollars to pay for the installation costs associated with the installation of new energy efficient blowers at the waste water facility.
 
As part of the award process the planning organization conducted an audit of the city’s electricity usage and determined that the waste water plant is the largest consumer of electricity among city properties, the facility accounts for 70% of the city’s electrical consumption.
 
According to plant operator Bruce Adams replacing the blowers cost $300 thousand dollars, the blowers date back to 1994.

The replacement project is part of a planned $9 million dollar upgrade to the plant to comply with the E-P-A approved Chesapeake Bay watershed regulations. The upgrades will also allow the city to begin accepting waste from the soon to be built Byrne Dairy manufacturing plant, the city will use the milk by-products to generate electricity and help power the plant further offsetting energy costs.
 
The grant money comes through the E-P-A and is aimed at reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions; reducing power consumption is seen as one way to do that.
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