LIPA presents Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with $224,900 rebate for energy efficiency

New lab complex designed to be 30% more efficient than national standards

Uniondale, NY—Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s (CSHL) new, $100 million Hillside Laboratory complex will be an energy-efficient home to ground-breaking biomedical research on Long Island.  A June 12, 2009 opening ceremony unveiled six new energy-efficient research buildings that total 100,000 square feet and increase CSHL’s research space by 40%. The total cost of the electrical energy-efficient measures incorporated into the buildings was $1,057,022. CSHL was able to offset the cost with a $224,940 Commercial Construction rebate from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

From Left to Right: Art Brings, VP-Chief Facilities Officer; Dr. Bruce Stillman, CSHL President; Kevin Law, LIPA President & CEO; Randy Jones, Assistant to the Chief Facility Officer

The measures that qualified for rebates included the building envelope, variable speed drives on water pumps, heating-ventilation-air conditioning (HVAC) systems and a building management system with demand-based ventilation. Through these improvements it is estimated that CSHL will save 668,913 kWh per year for an annual energy cost savings of $124,000.

“LIPA is proud to support energy efficiency measures at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The energy cost savings from the installation of energy-efficient equipment will aid in cutting operation costs to further fund scientific research,” said LIPA President and CEO Kevin S. Law.

“For almost 120 years, CSHL has been a proud steward of the Long Island shoreline and local ecosystem,” said CSHL President Bruce Stillman. “The Laboratory worked with LIPA to reduce the environmental footprint of our new facilities, and to reduce energy costs.  Money that we don’t have to spend on energy bills is money that can support the cancer and neuroscience research that will go on in these new buildings.”

CSHL’s new Hillside Laboratories are designed to be 30% more energy efficient than standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

The energy efficiency measures taken under this initiative will have the equivalent effect of reducing 88 cars from the road for one year or saving 54,528 gallons of gas from consumption over a year’s time.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, nonprofit research and education institution dedicated to exploring molecular biology and genetics in order to advance the understanding and ability to diagnose and treat cancers, neurological diseases and other causes of human suffering. For more information, visit

LIPA’s Efficiency Long Island Program

LIPA is making a name for itself as a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy. LIPA is partnering with commercial businesses and residents to shrink Long Island’s carbon footprint.

Efficiency Long Island, a 10-year, $924 million energy efficiency program launched this year, which offers a wide array of incentives, rebates and initiatives to LIPA’s residential and commercial customers to assist them in reducing their energy usage and thereby lowering their bills.

LIPA’s Commercial Construction Program is part of Efficiency Long Island, to learn more visit the website at

LIPA, a non-profit municipal electric provider, owns the retail electric Transmission and Distribution System on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the 2nd largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, 3rd largest in terms of customers served and the 7th largest in terms of electricity delivered. In 2006, LIPA outperformed all other overhead electric utilities in New York State in all three major reliability categories. LIPA does not provide natural gas service or own any on-island generating assets. More information about LIPA can be found online at:

Written by: Dagnia Zeidlickis, VP of Communications | | 516-367-8455