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NYPA Launches Recruitment Website to Help Meet State's Energy Needs

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Jill Murman Payne
914-390-8192
Jill.Murman-Payne@nypa.gov

March 7, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has launched a new recruitment website in response to a major challenge facing the nation’s electric utility industry—the growing shortage of entry-level and experienced personnel in engineering and other disciplines.

The Careers@NYPA  website was designed to provide potential applicants with a one-stop resource containing detailed information about the Power Authority, the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility and one of New York’s leading electricity suppliers. With the state’s current and future energy needs a critical concern, NYPA must compete with other utilities for qualified employees in a variety of technical, professional and administrative fields.

“The Power Authority’s strategic plan includes a goal for employee development and readiness, reflecting the importance of a well-trained workforce,” said Roger B. Kelley, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “This website will be an important tool in our efforts to recruit talented and motivated individuals who will help the Power Authority fulfill its mission of providing clean, economical and reliable energy while promoting energy efficiency and innovation for the benefit of our customers and all New Yorkers.”

The staffing shortages being experienced throughout the energy sector are partly the result of demographics, since much of America’s workforce is rapidly approaching retirement age. This was noted at a November 2007 hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Recruiters also point to recent trends such as downsizing that have discouraged young people from pursuing careers in the utility industry.

To help job-seekers better understand the diverse opportunities available, the Careers@NYPA website includes more than a dozen employee testimonials showing Power Authority staff members at various jobs throughout the state. It also contains information about NYPA facilities and the communities where they are located, internship and employee training programs, as well as work/life-balance policies and benefits.

The Internet site was developed in-house as just one element of a multifaceted recruitment campaign being coordinated by Human Resources staff with assistance from the Corporate Communications unit within NYPA’s Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs business group. Other materials include handouts and portable displays to be used at job fairs and college campuses.

To view the Careers@NYPA website, which includes an updated list of positions now available, visit www.nypa.gov/careers; it can also be accessed directly from NYPA’s general website, www.nypa.gov, by clicking on the link for Career Opportunities.

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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