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NYPA Presents Checks to Nine Emergency Responders in Area of its Blenheim-Gilboa Project in Northern Catskills

Steve Ramsey

July 18, 2007


NORTH BLENHEIM – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) presented checks totaling $20,000 to nine fire and rescue organizations serving communities in the area of its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, at an appreciation reception Wednesday evening at the project visitors’ center here.

“These emergency organizations are absolutely vital to the area,” said Allen Schriver, NYPA regional manager, Central New York. “We greatly appreciate all they do for the Blenheim-Gilboa Project-- and for the communities where our employees and their families live.”

Schriver presented checks to the Middleburgh Fire Department, Middleburgh Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Conesville Fire Department, Conesville Rescue Squad, Jefferson Fire Department, Jefferson Rescue Squad, Grand Gorge Fire Department, Grand Gorge Rescue Squad and Blenheim Hose Company.

The more-than one-million-kilowatt Blenheim-Gilboa project produces economical power during peak-demand periods by drawing water from the Schoharie Creek and recycling it between upper and lower reservoirs.

The admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, housed in a refurbished 19th-century dairy barn, features interactive exhibits for children and adults on electricity production.  The visitors center is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


     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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