Statement On Small Equipment Fire At New York Power Authority Hell Gate 1 (Bronx) Power Station, 3-7-12

Connie M. Cullen

March 8, 2012


An electrical fault at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Hell Gate 1 power generation station in the Bronx was responded to without injury to the public or operations personnel, loss of power supply to the area, or release to the environment of any type.  At approximately 2:55 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, March 7, there was an electrical fault in a small piece of equipment used to start the generating units, causing a small fire.  The equipment’s protection system operated as designed and safely shutdown the facility. 

NYPA’s on-site operator, upon investigating the shutdown, noted a smoke condition and immediately contacted the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), which quickly responded.  The small fire was contained in a limited enclosed area on the grounds of the small clean power plant, located on Locust Ave., and was promptly extinguished by FDNY with the assistance of NYPA on-site personnel.  The FDNY left the site at about 4:20 p.m. 

It appears there was only limited damage to the equipment involved.  NYPA will undertake a thorough review of the incident and fully assess the affected equipment. At no time was the public in danger nor was power lost to the surrounding community.  As part of NYPA’s emergency response protocol, information about the incident is being communicated to local elected officials and community leaders.

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, www.nypa.gov.


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