Power Authority to Seek Community
Input to Offset Emissions From Generators
March 21, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANYThe New York Power Authority (NYPA) is asking residents in the communities
in which it is building small turbine-generators in New York City for suggestions on how
to offset any new emissions from the units. The offset program will insure there will be
no net increase in emissions in the neighborhoods where the turbines will operate.
"We have promised to find ways to reduce emissions in other areas to insure that
no additional pollutants will be released into the atmosphere," said Joseph J.
Seymour, chairman and chief executive officer of the Power Authority. "We are asking
those residents living near the generator sites to propose ways to cut other emissions so
we have a zero increase in pollution."
The Power Authority is installing 10
generators in New York City and one at Brentwood, L.I., to help meet an anticipated
need for new sources of electricity during the coming summer season. The state Public
Service Commission, the Independent System Operator of the statewide electric grid and
other groups have all predicted that continued growth in electricity demand, especially in
New York City, will require the new units this summer in order to assure continued
reliability and control over California-style price hikes.
Seymour asked that anyone with suggested offsets write to him by April 20 at the New
York Power Authority, 123 Main Street, White Plains, N.Y. 10601.
He said ideas could include suggestions for conserving energy; for employing clean
forms of localized electricity production; for operating existing power plants more
efficiently; or for cutting use of gas-guzzling vehicles.
"The only requirement," said Seymour, "is that there be a demonstrated
potential for reducing emissions to the air."
The Power Authority is already helping to clean the air in New York City through various major initiatives ranging from
installation of energy-saving lighting and refrigerators to removal of coal-burning
furnaces from schools, demonstration of clean new energy technologies and deployment of
NYPA has invested nearly $300 million in its High
Efficiency Lighting Program (HELP) for public facilities in the city. In related
programs, it has removed polluting
furnaces from nearly 80 public schools in the city and has installed super-efficient refrigerators in
more than 100,000 City Housing Authority apartments. When completed in 2003, the
refrigerator program, a national model, will cover all of the Housing Authoritys
more than 180,000 units.