New York Power
Authority to Expand Role in EPRI Environmental Programs
December 18, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New
York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state-owned
electric utility, is expanding its participation in the Electric
Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Environment Sector Programs.
The Power Authority’s
trustees approved an agreement on Tuesday (Dec. 18) with EPRI that
provides for NYPA to take part in programs involving regulatory
response to greenhouse gas control, the relationship between air
quality and health, environmental issues associated with
transmission facility maintenance and occupational health and
safety. The two-year contract takes effect Jan. 1.
As an EPRI member, the
Power Authority has participated in several Environment Sector
programs, including those dealing with air quality, electromagnetic
fields, fish protection and hydroelectric generation. The new
arrangement is intended to enhance the Power Authority’s role as a
national leader in producing clean energy and its commitment to safe
operation of its facilities.
About 75 percent of the
electricity generated by NYPA comes from emission-free hydroelectric
projects, principally large facilities on the Niagara and St.
Lawrence rivers. The Power Authority also contributes to improved
air quality in New York State through its extensive energy
efficiency, clean-energy and electric-drive transportation programs.
NYPA has thus far
completed energy efficiency and clean-energy projects at more than
1,560 schools and other public facilities throughout the state,
helping to reduce annual greenhouse-gas emissions by nearly 825,000
tons. Those initiatives have included installation of 13 fuel cells
and about 25 solar energy projects. In addition, the Power Authority
has helped to deploy more than 850 clean electric and
hybrid-electric vehicles in its own fleet and those of others.
EPRI, with major
locations in Palo Alto, Calif., and Charlotte, N.C., was established
in 1973 as an independent, nonprofit center for public interest
energy and environmental research.
■ 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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