|NYPA Visitors Center Presents Fall Hike and Drawing Contest to Promote Energy Awareness Month, Oct. 5|
|September 27, 2013|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
NORTH BLENHEIM—Experience the magnificent fall foliage of the Schoharie Valley, on Saturday, Oct. 5, along one of the best hiking trails in the Northern Catskills on the grounds surrounding the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center. The Fall Nature Hike is free, lasts an hour and departs from the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center at 1 p.m. Energy Awareness Month takes place annually in October and in addition to the Fall Hike, NYPA is featuring a month-long drawing contest, where contestants can showcase their knowledge of energy awareness. Children in grades K-6 are invited to submit drawings that feature the theme of energy awareness. All entries will be displayed in the visitors center where all visitors may vote on their favorite drawing. The drawing with the most votes will win a prize. Every child who submits a drawing will receive a gift recognizing their participation in the contest. Whether hiking on the visitors center trails or participating in the Energy Awareness drawing contest, visitors are invited to enjoy the wide array of hands-on displays and energy exhibits at the admission-free visitors center which presents information on the basics of electricity, uses of electricity and the operation of NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Plant. The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30 in North Blenheim, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. For more information, please call 1-800-724-0309. 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 www.nypa.gov or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.
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