NYPA President Zeltmann Cites Agency's Benefits
to State, L. I.
Mr. Zeltmann's remarks
July 12, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDFORDThe New York Power Authority (NYPA) is playing a major role in easing the
states move to a competitive electricity industry, Eugene W. Zeltmann, NYPAs
president and chief operating officer, said here Thursday.
Under Gov. George E. Patakis leadership, NYPA is promoting
energy efficiency, strengthening the power
transmission network and developing
new energy sources to help assure that the state will have an adequate and
environmentally sensitive power supply in the years ahead, Zeltmann said at a Long Island
Energy Summit conducted by the Town of Brookhaven.
"The biggest single challenge facing our industry as it moves into the new age of
deregulation is to make sure we have enough electricity to sustain and drive economic
growth and to enable consumers to reap the full benefits of competition," Zeltmann
told the Town Hall audience. "The rapid increase in demand for power over the past
few years has reflected the needs of an expanded economy and, most dramatically, the
pervasive use of computers and other electronic devices."
Zeltmann noted that more than 821,000 jobs have been created in New York State under
Governor Pataki. This positive increase in the job market also translates into higher
demand for electricity.
NYPA is helping to meet this increased demand, Zeltmann said, by supplying electricity
under Governor Patakis Power for JobsTM
program and other initiatives. He said that power supplied through these programs helps to
support nearly 450,000 jobs throughout the state, including more than 25,500 at such Long
Island employers as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Hazeltine Corp., Kozy Shack, Symbol
Technologies and Central Suffolk Hospital.
Zeltmann said the New York Power Authority will invest more than $100 million statewide
this year in energy-efficiency and clean-energy projects, more than 2 l/2 times the total
for 1994the last year before Governor Pataki took office. This follows completion of
about $75 million worth of energy-saving projects at public facilities on Long Island
alone, with annual savings of more than $12 million to taxpayers. In addition, he said,
NYPA operates 19 solar energy projects, including five on Long Island, and three fuel cell
He said a recent Executive Order by Governor Pataki that established ambitious targets
for renewable energy use and energy efficiency in state facilities should give added
impetus to NYPAs efforts. The order requires state agencies to obtain at least 10
percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2005 and 20 percent by 2010 and
also sets aggressive energy-efficiency goals.
A further boost, Zeltmann said, would come through enactment of legislation that the
Governor has proposed to help schools and state and local government agencies work with
NYPA and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to secure
Zeltmann said NYPA is installing the worlds most advanced device for controlling
power flows on transmission lines--enabling more electricity to be carried on existing
lines and reducing the need to build new ones. The device, known as a convertible static
compensator and housed at a NYPA substation near Utica, has already increased capacity on
the states transmission system by 114 megawatts. When the $48 million project is
fully operational next summer, the total increase, including that already achieved, will
be 240 megawattsenough to serve more than 200,000 homes.
Zeltmann cited NYPAs "extraordinary effort" over the past several
months to install 10 small clean gas-turbine
generators in New York City and an 11th at Pilgrim State Hospital in
Brentwood for this summer to help avoid blackouts and price spikes like those in
"The situation was particularly urgent because, for both Long Island and New York
City, transmission constraints limit the amount of power that can be brought in from
outside sources," Zeltmann said.
He said NYPA has invested an extra $55 million, $5 million for each generator, to
provide the most advanced available environmental controls. Increases over existing
emissions and noise levels will thus be imperceptible in virtually all cases, he said.