NYPA President Cites Authority's Benefits to
Region's Economy and Environment
Mr. Zeltmann's remarks
September 6, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SCHENECTADYThe Capital Districts economy and environment are benefiting
from varied New York Power Authority (NYPA) programs as the states electricity
industry heads further into a new era of deregulation and competition, NYPA President and
Chief Operating Officer Eugene W. Zeltmann said here Thursday.
Zeltmann told the Schenectady Rotary Club that about 18,400 jobs in the region depend
on low-cost Power Authority electricity supplied to businesses and non-profit
organizations under Gov. George E. Patakis Power for Jobs program and other
initiatives. He cited recipients ranging from Power Palet and MVP in Schenectady to
Codinos Italian Foods in Scotia and Albany Molecular Research.
"The rapid increase in demand for power over the past few years has reflected the
needs of an expanding economy," said Zeltmann, who noted that more than 821,000 new
jobs have been created in New York State since Governor Pataki took office.
"The biggest single challenge facing our industry as it moves into the new age of
deregulation is to make sure that we have enough electricity to sustain and drive economic
growth and to enable consumers to reap the full benefits of competition," Zeltmann
told the audience at the Ramada Inn.
Citing energy efficiencys key role in meeting those objectives, Zeltmann said the
Power Authority has invested about $20 million in energy-saving measures at such Capital
District public facilities as Schenectady City Hall, the Scotia-Glenville Schools, Empire
State Plaza, Albany International Airport and the University at Albany. He said the
projects save taxpayers more than $3 million a year and help to improve air quality.
"Statewide, the Power Authority is investing more than $100 million this year in
projects using energy-efficient technologies and clean, new energy sources," Zeltmann
said. "Thats more than 2 l/2 times the figure for 1994the year before
Governor Pataki took office."
Zeltmann said Schenectady has figured prominently in NYPAs efforts to put more
than 200 electric and hybrid-electric vehicles on the road for itself and its customers.
He said the total includes 11 hybrid-electric buses in New York City, for which the
concept was developed at General Electric here, and noted that the Power Authority is
working with GE on more-advanced hybrid buses. He said that NYPA has also helped to
demonstrate or place in service electric postal delivery trucks and electric school buses
assembled at Super Steel in Schenectady.
Zeltmann said that, in addition to energy efficiency, a comprehensive power-supply
strategy must include efforts "to strengthen transmission systems and build
environmentally clean power plants as quickly as possible."
He noted that NYPA has completed the first phase of the worlds most advanced
transmission control devicea convertible static compensatorat its Marcy
Substation near Utica, enabling more electricity to be carried on the heavily used
transmission lines between Utica and Albany and on the statewide system. In addition, he
said, NYPA installed 10 small, clean gas-turbine generators in New York City and another
on Long Island in a successful effort to avert threatened blackouts this summer.