NYPA Celebrates Energy Awareness Month With a "Spooktacular" Saturday Among Other Free, Fun Events

Teresa Martinez

October 3, 2013


LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will celebrate Energy Awareness Month this October at its admission-free Power Vista, the visitors center for the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant, with a series of fun and educational events. The month starts with three great energy programs on Saturdays Oct. 5, 12 and 19.  NYPA wraps up the month with a “Spooktacular” event on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Families can enjoy a variety of presentations, movies and activities each Saturday. The following is a list of the Free Energy Awareness events.

October 5 – Energy Efficiency. Representatives from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Agency) will be on hand to help you prepare your home for winter with simple, energy-saving strategies.  Learn about alternative energy options and the benefits of a free or low-cost energy assessment through NYSERDA’s Home Performance Program featuring information on the Energy Star products and New York’s Green Jobs program.   This event takes place at  1 p.m. in the Power Vista classroom on the lower level.

    October 12 – Solar Energy. Learn about clean energy technologies from a representative from Solar Liberty, who will also talk about the Power Vista’s new solar exhibit. You’ll also hear from a Niagara Falls resident who recently converted to solar power and will discuss the benefits and projected savings of going green.

      October 19 – Enjoy “Timon and Pumbaa” and “Louie the Lightning Bug” – two great movies that teach families about electrical safety followed by a “Basics of Electricity” hair-raising show.

        October:  26 – Halloween “Spooktacular.” Dress up in your Halloween best and join the fun, featuring games, treats, crafts, a haunted house, a costume contest and hayrides.  Visitors can also enjoy free rides on the Niagara Scenic Trolley between the Gorge Discovery Center and the Power Vista throughout the Spooktacular and receive free child safety identification cards.

          In addition to Energy Awareness Month events, guests are invited to enjoy the Power Vista’s attractions, which include displays and interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history, as well as offering spectacular views from the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge. Parking and admission at the Power Vista is always free.

          For more information, contact the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant’s Power Vista at 716-286-6661 or email

          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 has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.

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