NYPA Licensing Commitments and Power Allocations

As part of NYPA’s responsibility to the citizens of NY and to the communities which host NYPA generation facilities, NYPA provides economic development, environmental, and community support. These commitments are met through several avenues: Power allocation, proceeds from excess power sales, and contractual agreements as part of long-term licenses overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Either NYPA or independent oversight boards provide public information about the commitments, proceedings, application processes and distribution activities for each type of support.

NY State Economic Development Power Allocation Board (EDPAB)
The NY State Economic Development Power Allocation Board reviews applications and makes recommendations to NYPA for allocations of lower-cost electricity to help businesses in New York State retain or create jobs, primarily through the ReCharge NY program. These allocations can serve as a powerful incentive for firms considering expansion—or at risk of leaving the state. The four-member board consists of two appointees of the Governor, one appointee of the Majority Leader of the Senate and one appointee of the Speaker of the Assembly. The allocations have helped to ensure hundreds of thousands of jobs in NY and led to hundreds of millions of dollars of private investment in NY businesses.

Western NY Power Proceeds Allocation Board (WNYPPAB)
NYPA allocates expansion and replacement power from the Niagara Power Project for its lower-cost power programs. However, sometimes the program participants do not utilize all of the power allocated, and so NYPA sells that power on the open market. Net proceeds from those sales are available for investment in regional economic growth. The Western NY Power Proceeds Allocation Board reviews applications for the funds and makes recommendations for distribution. Since its inception in 2012, the initiative has granted tens of millions of dollars for economic growth in the Niagara region.

Niagara Power Project Licensing
In conjunction with a 50-year relicensing agreement for the Niagara Power Project signed in 2007, NYPA made extensive environmental and financial commitments. NYPA has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to Western New York municipalities, state agencies, an Indian nation, school districts, and committees supporting the development of the Niagara River Greenway. The amount also includes payments by NYPA for the construction of recreational projects and ecological enhancements. In addition to monetary support, the licensing agreement allocates 32 MW of low-cost hydropower, saving recipients as much as 75% of the cost of energy.

Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project Relicensing
The Blenheim-Gilboa license was issued for 50 years in 1969. With the license up for renewal in 2019, an active engagement process is underway. Follow the progress on the Blenheim-Gilboa relicensing site.

St. Lawrence Power Project Licensing
The St. Lawrence Power Project license was renewed for 50 years in 2003. The associated agreement with stakeholders includes extensive investment in the region, including specific funding for school districts, and in recreation, and environmental protection. As part of the relicensing agreement, NYPA created The St. Lawrence River Research and Education Fund (SLRREF) to support environmental research and environmental education projects relating to the ecology of the St. Lawrence River watershed.

Funding decisions are made annually by a board that includes environmental professionals, state and federal resource scientists, community representatives and NYPA.

Since 2007, when SLRREF was initiated, 25 projects have been approved for nearly $317,000 in NYPA funding through SLRREF. With matching grants of more than $320,000 from others, total funding for the projects is approximately $637,000.

SLRREF Proposal Guidelines and Form

SLRREF Annual Report

Current SLRREF Projects

 Year Project Organization Description SLRREF Contribution  Other Funding Project Total
 2015 Educating Landowners & the Community about the Benefits and Costs of Conservation Easements St. Lawrence Land Trust Develop materials and presentations to environmental entities, town boards, local professional organizations and the public on conservation easements, tax liabilities and benefits, land owners rights and responsibilities and public benefits.  $6,500 $8,250 $14,570
 2015 Preserve Stewardship Volunteer Program Expansion Thousand Islands Land Trust Broaden the capacity and scope of this volunteer program and expand learning opportunities for volunteers.  $7,050 $26,730 $33,780
 2015 “TSI NIIOHAHÒ:TEN” Choosing our Path Friends of the Akwesasne Freedom School, Inc. Provide high school students with on the job training opportunities and apprenticeships with fluent speaking community members who practice traditional skills and work for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Cultural Restoration Program. $15,000  $10,000 $25,000
 2016 Detecting Populations of Blanding's Turtle Using Environmental DNA Clarkson University  The project will test a new survey method which detects the presence of a species from trace DNA to determine whether it's a viable way to track populations of the rare Blanding's Turtle.  $15,000 $15,000 $30,000
 2016 Engaging Citizens in Monitoring the Grasse River St. Lawrence University's Nature Up North Program Local groups will join research scientists in regular water quality testing to measure temperature, turbidity, conductivity, nutrient inputs, bacteria, and macroinvertebrate diversity  $14,778 $8,611  $23,389

 

To see Project Reports from prior years, search for "SLRREF Project Report" in the document library.