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New York Power Authority to Expand Role in EPRI Environmental Programs

Paul DeMichele

December 18, 2007


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.

 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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