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NYPA Exhibit at New York State Fair Highlights Clean Energy Practices

Paul DeMichele

August 23, 2007


SYRACUSE—The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) story of providing clean, lower-cost electricity for New York State and valued-added services for reduced electric bills and clean air is part of the focus of the Authority’s energy exhibit at this year’s Great New York State Fair at the State Fairgrounds here, through September 3 (Labor Day). 

The exhibit, at the Verizon Center of Progress, one of many on display, centers on the theme of the statewide public power utility being more than simply a supplier of power. While providing up to one-quarter of the New York’s electricity and directly supporting some 44,000 jobs from lower-cost power allocations, NYPA also plays an important role in reducing the state’s carbon emissions through significant investments in energy efficiency and new technologies.  

“I’m proud to say that for the third consecutive year the New York Power Authority is a participating organization at the Great New York State Fair,” said Roger B. Kelley, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “It is a wonderful opportunity to directly reach tens of thousands of New Yorkers with the message of the various ways our organization benefits the people of New York State. We also hope to engage discussion on sound energy practices that people can apply in their own lives.”  

NYPA’s “Generating More Than Electricity” exhibit includes various displays, posters and handouts highlighting key programs and initiatives that are spotlighted on a year-round basis at the visitors centers of the Power Authority’s three large hydroelectric projects: the Niagara and St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Projects in Western and Northern New York, respectively, and the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project in the Northern Catskills.   

To date, NYPA has completed wide-ranging energy-efficiency projects at more than 2,600 schools, hospitals, municipal buildings and other public facilities around the state, including Central New York, for energy savings of more than $100 million year, reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 822,000 tons and displacement of more than 2 million barrels of oil a year. These initiatives, as well as the Power Authority’s investment in such renewable energy technologies as fuel cells and solar power and in alternative-fueled vehicles, come together in this year’s energy exhibit. 

The exhibit also reflects the emphasis NYPA has given to environmental sustainability, most noticeably demonstrated by its White Plains administrative office building receiving Gold designation by the U.S. Green Building Council earlier this year.   

Over the past several years, the New York State Fair has drawn nearly one million visitors who’ve been entertained and informed by its exhibits, rides, cultural villages, concerts, culinary treats, and more. The exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, with the gates opening at 8 a.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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