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Watertown, NY – January 17, 2011 – The New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and National Grid will show viewers how to save money, save energy, and save the environment on WPBS Live!, Wednesday, February 9th at 8 p.m. on WPBS-TV. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) representatives Richard R. LeClerc, NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator with Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Jerry Loch, NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Collaborator with Cornell Cooperative Extension, along with National Grid’s Jim Stapleton, Manager of Energy Efficiency, Large Business, Commercial and Industrial, will discuss energy efficient solutions to help residents and business owners save on energy bills this coming year. NYSERDA and National Grid have many residential and commercial programs that help homeowners, renters, and large and small businesses reduce energy costs. There are also programs that help multifamily building owners provide energy-efficient apartments for their tenants, and programs that reduce the impact homes and commercial buildings have on the environment. NYSERDA also has programs that provide training to contractors on supplying quality energy efficiency services to their clients.

Richard LeClerc represents NYSERDA’s New York Energy $mart Communities program in the North Country. Working out of the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Watertown and serving the 10-county North Country region, he educates local consumers and business owners about NYSERDA’s energy-saving grant and education programs.

Jerry Loch is a Community Energy Educator/ Auditor/ and a Local Collaborator for NYSERDA’s North Country Energy Smart Communities Program. He provides Energy Efficiency workshops in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties and does Flex Tech Commercial Energy Audits in a five-county region.

Jim Stapleton is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Power Quality Professional, and Certified Sustainability Professional with over 25 years at National Grid. He currently manages upstate and downstate New York commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs for National Grid.

WPBS Live is hosted by Don Alexander, CEO of the Jefferson County Job Development Corporation.

Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel guests by phoning in at (315) 782-8600 during the program. They may also email their questions prior to the program at

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was established by law in 1975, as a public benefit corporation. NYSERDA’s earliest efforts focused solely on research and development with the goal of reducing the State’s petroleum consumption. Today, NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment. NYSERDA strives to facilitate change through the widespread development and use of innovative technologies to improve the State’s energy, economic, and environmental well-being.

WPBS-TV is a non-profit public television station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario. WPBS-TV’s mission is to educate, entertain and inform in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.