MASSENA Lighting equipment in the Massena Arena dates to the 1970s and could use an overhaul to make it more energy-efficient, according to Massena Electric Department Superintendent Andrew J. McMahon.
How to pay for it, however, is a question that hasnt been answered.
MED was measuring up the lighting and light ballasts. Theyre hoping to help us replace the lighting, Recreation Superintendent Richard A. Boprey said.
Mr. McMahon said MED has a variety of energy-efficiency initiatives going on, and its examination of lighting in the arena was part of that effort.
Weve been focusing on residential. Were just starting our commercial industrial program, he said.
Mr. McMahon said he knows the lighting in the arena is bad and the Massena Recreation Departments utility bill is high because of the old fixtures.
Those are really old, really inefficient fixtures. What we want to do is figure out how much energy efficiency we can achieve and how to achieve those savings, he said.
Technology has gone through so much. Were just looking at T5 fluorescent. Thats what theyve done at a number of other rinks in New York, Mr. McMahon said.
If the plan is implemented, he said, the Massena Recreation Department could look at a possible reduction of about 60 to 70 percent in the lighting portion of the arena utility bills.
There would be a longer life, far less maintenance and were saving power, Mr. Boprey said.
But finding funding for the project is an obstacle.
We have to figure out the cost to achieve the savings. We dont know yet. Well look at the cost and report back to the Massenena Electric Utility board, Mr. McMahon said.
Im hoping its not money out of our pocket, Mr. Boprey said.
Mr. McMahon said MED still is interested in trying to convince residential customers to look at energy-efficient changes in their homes.
Weve been working really hard to try to get residential customers to buy into these energy-efficiency programs. We cant get the residential people to buy into the program as much as wed like, he said.
The less energy thats used, the less MED has to purchase as supplemental power, cutting back on its cost of operations and ultimately how much customers are paying.
It really does lower everybodys bills, Mr. McMahon said.