NYPA Visitors Center Unveils New
Energy Efficiency Display
December 19, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
■ 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