February 25 - Lieutenant Governor Paterson Announces Roadmap to Significantly Increase Renewable Energy Generation in New York (Lieutenant Governor's press release) (Audio 1, 2; Video)
June 24, 2007 - Renewable Energy Task Force Members Named: Paterson to Lead Effort to Attract Clean Energy Industries to New York (Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson press release)
January 25, 2007 - NYPA White Plains Office Building Recognized for Environmental Sustainability: First Facility in New York State to Earn U.S. Green Building Council Gold Designation for Existing Buildings (including Excerpts from remarks of Timothy S. Carey, president and CEO and Excerpts from remarks of Frank S. McCullough, Jr., chairman )
September 5, 2006 - New York Power Authority and Senator Seward Announce Funding for Wetlands Research by SUNY Oneonta Photos and captions: A Close-up of an Invasive Plant Species; Two Big Checks for Controlling Invasive Aquatic Plant
The Power Authority’s commitment to the environment began with our original mandate, to develop the hydroelectric resources of the St. Lawrence River.
Starting with our first generating facility, the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena, we’ve included parks, wildlife areas and other conservation and recreational features as part of our development plans, setting the standard for other electric utilities throughout the United States. Today, the day-to-day operations at all of our facilities incorporate environmental considerations and meet or exceed all applicable environmental rules.
The Power Authority’s extensive involvement in energy efficiency and renewable-fuel technologies also reflects our commitment to the environment. We stepped up these efforts in recent decades, when America recognized the need to produce and use energy more wisely. Our efficiency projects help customers use less energy, which reduces dependence on foreign oil and improves air quality. Our new technology initiatives demonstrate ways of generating electricity using clean, renewable resources. In 2006, our investments in energy services have passed the $1 billion mark, and our track record continues to attract international attention as we encourage others to improve their own energy usage.
With “sustainability” as our maxim, we’ve extended our environmental commitment into other areas as well. The Power Authority is now working with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to make our facilities operate in the healthiest, most environmentally sound manner possible. All NYPA-owned sites now use “green” cleaning products that are biodegradable and low in toxicity. And, in early 2007, our White Plains office received a prestigious Gold-EB (Existing Building) designation under the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) recognition program.
In summary, the Power Authority’s commitment to the environment is to...
recognize that the people of the State of New York have a genuine regard for the environment, and have the right to expect that the Authority, as a State-chartered energy supplier, will respect their concerns in this regard;
meet the requirements of all applicable environmental laws, regulations and permit requirements and to verify this commitment through environmental auditing and performance measurement;
reduce the impact of our operations on air, water, biota and land;
continue an aggressive, cost-effective pollution prevention, recycling and waste minimization program;
integrate environmental considerations into our regular business and planning processes and seek to use vendors and contractors who likewise integrate these concerns into their businesses;
support energy-efficiency and renewable-energy programs and encourage resource conservation;
educate our employees and contractors so that they each know their environmental responsibilities and share the Authority’s commitment to the environment;
pursue opportunities to achieve environmental enhancements through stewardship programs that incorporate stakeholder and community input for the responsible care of the land, air, water, biota and cultural resources associated with our land holdings and projects;
participate in the public policy debate and the scientific study of environmental issues affecting our industry; and
regularly measure environmental performance and share the results of those measurements with our employees, customers and the public at large, recognizing our unique position as a publicly owned leader in the electric utility industry.