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Statement by NYPA President & CEO Timothy S. Carey on Adirondack Park Agency Permit for Tri-Lakes Reliability Project

Connie Cullen

March 9, 2006


From the very beginning, Governor George E. Pataki and his team outlined a plan to improve the reliability of the electric system to meet the health and safety needs of the residents of the Tri-Lakes Region and surrounding communities.  Today the Adirondack Park Agency keeps that plan moving ahead by approving the permit application sought by the New York Power Authority to undertake construction of the Tri-Lakes Reliability Project. 

Along with expanding the use of energy efficiency measures and renewable sources of energy, the new Tri-Lakes Reliability Project power line will complement and enhance the Governorís plan to protect and further the lives and livelihoods of many Adirondack Park residents.  The next step for the Power Authority is to begin work with its partner, National Grid, on the detailed design and engineering for the line. 

The Power Authority is committed to continuing its public process evidenced throughout the development of the line, starting with the continued availability of the toll-free phone line, 800-724-0309, so that NYPA can respond to questions and issues concerning the line in its next phases.  It is still NYPAís intent to see construction begin in late 2006/early 2007 and for the line to be operational in winter 2008/09.

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 ■     NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■      NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nationís largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. 

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