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Officials: Energy project at Griffiss equivalent to taking 2,700 cars off the road

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - While the price of oil and natural gas have the potential to rise, the price of wood chips offers a cheaper alternative and that is why one utility broke ground on Wednesday on a new energy project that allows for the use of wood chips for fuel.

Griffiss Utility Services Corp provides energy to all Griffiss Park businesses and officials say this move will allow the tenants to save up to 20 percent on their energy bill while also going green.

"(It is) the equivalent of taking 2,700 cars off the road, and not having to heat 880 homes," said Dan Maneen, President of Griffiss Utility Services.

The conversion is a $20 million project.

Griffiss Utility is taking out a loan from a local bank to pay for it.

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