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NYPA Visitors Center Unveils New Energy Efficiency Display

Steve Ramsey

December 19, 2006


NORTH BLENHEIM—New York Power Authority (NYPA) initiatives to promote clean new energy technologies, energy efficiency and clean transportation are featured in a new permanent display at the admission-free visitors center at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.

The display, titled “Generating More than Electricity for New York State,” highlights NYPA’s award-winning programs to save energy, protect the environment and cut dependence on foreign oil.

“These activities are a top priority for the Power Authority, so it’s fitting to give them special attention at our Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center,” said Allen Schriver, NYPA’s regional manager for Central New York.  “People who have already been through the center will enjoy this interesting and important new attraction and we invite them, and first-time visitors, to stop by during the holiday season.”

The center will be open daily for the remainder of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Dec. 23 to 25 and Dec. 30 to Jan. 1.  It will resume its normal seven-day-a-week schedule on Jan. 2.

The new display features several area energy efficiency projects, including work that NYPA completed for the Schoharie Central School District and the State University of New York campuses at Cobleskill and Delhi.  Overall, these projects annually reduce energy costs by about $330,000, avoid the need to burn more than 6,000 barrels of oil and lower greenhouse gas emissions by about 2,280 tons. 

Statewide, the Power Authority this year passed the $1 billion mark for total investment in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies since the late 1980s.

The visitors center includes a wide range of hands-on exhibits on such themes as Basics of Electricity, Uses of Electricity and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa project.  Information about improving energy efficiency and lowering energy costs in the home and workplace is also available. 

The center is located on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge.

About NYPA:

■    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 facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.