N.Y. Power Authority to Conduct
Safety Inspections of Its Transmission Lines, Facilities
June 28, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
Board of Trustees Tuesday unanimously supported a measure that
authorizes electrical safety testing of all Power Authority transmission
and distribution facilities.
The action comes in light of a recent order by the
New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) requiring all regulated
electric utilities in the state to annually test their publicly
accessible transmission and distribution facilities for safety and
inspect all of their electric facilities at least once every five years.
“While NYPA is not subject to this order, our board
believes it is important that public safety remains a top priority and
that we have 100 percent confidence our transmission lines and
distribution facilities are safe and secure,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann,
NYPA president and chief executive officer.
It is expected NYPA will spend $300,000 for the
testing, which will begin immediately. All the information and reports
generated from the safety testing program will be shared with the PSC.
NYPA has more than 1,400 miles of overhead
transmission lines which are supported by more than 14,000 transmission
structures on public lands. NYPA also has underground transmission
facilities and its various generation and substation facilities have
electrical distribution equipment.