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New Chief Technology Development Officer Appointed at New York Power Authority

Connie Cullen

April 10, 2007


WHITE PLAINS—Richard Hackman, a 30-year veteran of the electric utility industry, has been named chief technology development officer for the New York Power Authority (NYPA). He will be responsible for formulating, developing and implementing innovative and new technology solutions for NYPA’s generating and transmission facilities and for various customers.

“Rich brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position, as NYPA continues its innovative efforts to develop and implement energy efficiency programs and new clean energy technologies to help our customers save energy, save money and save the environment,” said Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.  “These strategic goals represent the value the Power Authority brings to New York State through a wide array of forward-thinking energy initiatives carried out by dedicated professionals like Rich.”

Hackman assumes the position of chief technology development officer following the untimely death in January of Shalom Zelingher, who previously held the job and was a leading figure in the electric power industry. 

Prior to his promotion in late March, Hackman served as program manager in NYPA’s Energy Services and Technology business unit spearheading numerous thermal efficiency projects for customers and other eligible participants across the state.  His most recent achievement was leading the team that achieved Gold-EB (Existing Building) status from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for NYPA’s main administrative office building in White Plains—the first building so honored in the state.  

Hackman currently serves on the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Research Advisory Council and has also contributed to EPRI’s Retail Customer Utilization Program.  EPRI, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, is one of the nation’s most prominent independent, nonprofit centers for energy and environmental research. 

Hackman joined NYPA in 1983 as a power analyst, followed by his holding successive positions of increasing responsibility over the years.  Before joining NYPA, he served for seven years at the American Electric Power Corporation, in the area of sub-transmission and distribution network planning.

Hackman has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York in Brooklyn. 

He currently resides in Milltown, N.J., with his wife Karen.

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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.

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