N.Y. Power Authority Awards Nearly $6 Million in Contracts to Three WNY Businesses in Support of Niagara Hydropower Plant Operations

Denise Ellison
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May 24, 2013


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) trustees on May 21 approved competitive contract awards to three Western New York businesses. The award recipients are expected to provide a wide range of services to NYPA in the vicinity of its Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant for environmental improvement, transmission maintenance and sidewalk replacement.

The competitive contracts totaling nearly $6 million were awarded to L.D.C. Construction Company of Grand Island, for the Frog Island Wetland Restoration Habitat Improvement Project (WRHIP) on the upper Niagara River; Gomez & Sullivan Engineers, P.C. of Williamsville, for compiling data on vegetation along NYPA transmission corridors in the vicinity of the Niagara  power plant and around the state; and EdBauer Construction of Blasdell, for sidewalk and staircase renovations at the Niagara plant.

“Power Authority contracts contribute significantly to Western New York’s economy, tourism, recreational attractions and environmental resources,” said John R. Koelmel, NYPA chairman. “We have a long history of partnering with area businesses in carrying out diverse initiatives, and these latest contract awards are another example.”

“Infrastructure improvements support local business and put local people to work,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “It’s great to see NYPA reinvesting right back into the Western New York community that serves as home base for the Niagara Power plant.”

'Support for local businesses is a critical building block for economic growth in our region,' said State Senator George D. Maziarz, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee.  'I'm pleased that the Power Authority recognizes the importance of local businesses, especially those in Western New York.  The awarding of these contracts will undoubtedly continue the growth of the economy and will support area jobs.'

“In recent years, NYPA has awarded contracts totaling millions of dollars annually to Western New York firms in support of the operations of the Niagara power plant,” said Sam Hoyt, Empire State Development Regional President. “Transactions such as those approved today between NYPA and local businesses yield significant economic benefits for the region and support the policies and goals of Governor Cuomo.”

The contract award of nearly $4.17 million to L.D.C. Construction, in support of the Frog Island WRHIP, stems from one of NYPA’s commitments under the 2007 federal relicensing of the Niagara plant.  Frog Island is a wetland that is currently submerged beneath the Niagara River in Erie County. L.D.C. Construction will undertake the initial dredging and excavation required for the 3.9-acre site in preparation for its habitat restoration.

The work for the first phase of the marine project includes reconfiguring the river bottom to establish channels, slopes and contours of varying depths; installing substrate materials to support growth of desirable aquatic plants; placing submerged boulders, floating logs and other natural elements to attract various aquatic and terrestrial wildlife; and installing stone berms to enclose and protect the new habitat. The contract term begins this month and runs through the end of 2014.

The four-year, $1.2 million contract to Gomez & Sullivan Engineers, for vegetation management inventory services along NYPA transmission-line corridors, provides for annual data collection to identify sections in need of next-year tree-branch pruning and other measures to ensure the reliability of power lines. This is part of a comprehensive NYPA program for clearing tall-growing vegetation from transmission right-of-way areas.  The contract with Gomez & Sullivan, for up to four years, commences on June 1.

The NYPA Trustees also approved a two-year contract award to EdBauer Construction for $571,400 to replace and renovate sidewalks and staircases that surround the Niagara power plant’s administration building and visitors center—the Power Vista.

“The sidewalk refurbishing by the Niagara plant’s Power Vista and administration building is part of our regular care and upkeep of the hydroelectric facility, whose visitors center’s interactive energy exhibits are a key tourist attraction for the Buffalo-Niagara region,” said Harry Francois, NYPA Western New York regional manager.

The work by EdBauer will include sidewalk improvements to the entrance areas of the power plant’s administration building, structural repairs to the building’s staircases, replacement of sidewalks and granite curbing at the building and at the Power Vista, and installation of new curb ramps to support compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

About NYPA:

The New York Power Authority 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 by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA 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 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,

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