N.Y. Power Authority Celebrates Earth Day with Free Green-Themed Family Fun April 28 & 29

Contact :
Steve Ramsey
(800) 724-0309

April 18, 2012


NORTH BLENHEIM—Earth Day crafts and films will be featured at the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) Earth Day celebration during the weekend of April 28 and 29 at the Visitors Center for the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. Each day of the two-day event will include a craft activity and several showings of family-friendly films with Earth Day messages. Admission is always free and all materials will be provided free of charge.

The weekend schedule is as follows:

Sat., April 28
Craft Activity: Make Your Own Earth Day Button – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Featured Film: Wall-E (2008) – A small robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will decide the fate of mankind. Show times:  11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Sun., April 29
Craft Activity: Make Your Own Flower Garden – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Featured Film: Planet Earth  (2007) – A look at what the future holds for endangered animals, their habitats and mankind. Show times:  11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Guests are also encouraged to explore NYPA’s new exhibits highlighting a focus on renewable energy.  The exhibits include a 25-kilowatt (kW) solar electric array and a 2.4-kW wind turbine. Both systems are functional and help to power the visitors center. A monitoring system, located inside the visitors center, allows visitors to see how real-time weather conditions affect the amount of electricity generated by the solar system and the wind turbine.

Also at the visitors center, learn how NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, visible across Schoharie Creek, acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity by recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation.

About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.■It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information,

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