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Utica State Office Building receives Energy Excellence award

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The State Office Building in Utica was recognized by the office of general services for its green efforts.

Through the Office of General Service's measurements, the State Office Building was able to reduce its energy consumption by more than 27% since 2007.

Tuesday, the building was recognized as an "Energy Star Building" by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Originally, according to the General Services Commissioner, John Egan, the building was all electric. Now, it functions on natural gas, oil and electricity.

the Commissioner says they also keep track of each building's energy use, "each building we measure, from Albany we have meters that measure what the buildings are using. Then we can compare Utica to Syracuse to Binghamton to Watertown and it's a competitive situation that's what our people like people like being measured."

Egan says the current financial crisis is what spurred the reduction of energy use, all in an effort to cut costs.

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