NYPA Awards Hydroelectric
Inspection Contract to Upstate Engineering Consulting Firm
May 3, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is
contracting with a New York State firm with offices in Utica and the
Buffalo area for an independent inspection of its Crescent and
Vischer Ferry small hydroelectric projects on the Mohawk River,
northwest of Albany.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
requires independent inspections of licensed hydroelectric dams
every five years by FERC-approved consultants.
Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, P.C., submitted the
low bid, in response to a NYPA request for proposals in February for
a five-year contract, including follow-up work after the
inspections. On April 28, the NYPA Board of Trustees approved the
contract, for a projected total of $200,000.
The Crescent and Vischer Ferry plants have net
dependable capabilities of 9,948 kilowatts (kw) each, stemming from
work NYPA completed in 1990 to expand their generating output with
two new 3,000-kw turbine-generators at each site. The Power
Authority also rehabilitated the dams, which were built in 1912 as
part of the Erie Canal.
Crescent and Vischer Ferry are among five
small-hydro projects that NYPA operates on rivers and reservoirs in
various parts of the state, helping to reduce New York State
dependence on foreign oil. Hydropower accounts for more than 80
percent of the Power Authority’s total generating output, including
the large water-power projects it operates on the Niagara and St.
Lawrence Rivers, and the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project in
the northern Catskills.
■ 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 nation’s
largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating plants in
various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of
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