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New Head of NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Project to Lead Modernization Effort

Connie Cullen

August 8, 2006


NORTH BLENHEIM—There is a new person in charge of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project whose experiences at another New York Power Authority (NYPA) hydroelectric project make him well-suited to spearhead a pending life extension and modernization (LEM) program at this pumped-storage project.

Earlier this summer, NYPA named Allen Schriver regional manager of Central New York, the top job at Blenheim-Gilboa.  He previously served as NYPA’s regional manager of Northern New York, at its St. Lawrence-F.D.R. Power Project, in Massena, where he led an ongoing LEM program to overhaul that facility’s 16 turbine generators.

“Blenheim-Gilboa could not have a better leader than Allen Schriver as we embark on a four-year, Life Extension and Modernization program, for the Project’s four turbine-generator units,” said Edward A. Welz, senior vice president and chief engineer, Power Generation, NYPA.  “We know this from his years at the helm of our St. Lawrence-F.D.R. Project and his strong oversight of the LEM program there, where 8 of the 16 turbine generators have been overhauled. In addition to his technical excellence, Al also helped reduce costs and streamline scheduling, all while conducting the regular duties accompanying the job of regional manager of Northern New York.

“Initiating a significant project like an LEM program is both tremendously challenging and rewarding, so I appreciate the Power Authority’s recognition of my achievements and leadership abilities by selecting me to help initiate the work at Blenheim-Gilboa,” said Schriver. “Blenheim-Gilboa has an outstanding staff with many talents, which will greatly contribute to this important endeavor.”

Al joined NYPA in 1985 as an electrical engineer at St. Lawrence-F.D.R. where he subsequently held various positions including electrical maintenance supervisor, test engineer, senior operations engineer and operations superintendent.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and is a registered professional engineer in the State of New York.

Schriver replaces Horace Horton, who was recently named regional manager of Western New York, to lead NYPA’s Niagara Power Project.

Schriver and his wife Elizabeth live in Massena. They are the parents of Michael, Jonathan, Christina and Katherine.


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