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Statement by Roger B. Kelley, President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Power Authority

Michael Saltzman

March 14, 2008 

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) looks forward to working closely with Governor-Designate David A. Paterson in supporting his ambitious goals for enhancing New York State’s clean energy supplies and energy efficiency and spurring the growth of jobs and industries through our allocations of lower-cost electricity.  

Like all New Yorkers, we’ve been saddened by the events of the last few days that resulted in the change of leadership. The Power Authority remains dedicated to carrying out the essential work that we undertake every day operating hydroelectric and other clean-generating facilities and transmission lines and in providing other key energy services. 

As Chairman of the state’s Renewable Energy Task Force, Governor-Designate Paterson has set a priority for expanding the state’s sustainable energy supplies. The Power Authority will work hard to support the new Governor in these efforts through our increased investments in solar power, fuel cells and other clean generating technologies, purchases of wind power and measures for improving the state’s energy efficiency.  

Governor-Designate Paterson has made it clear that these technologies will be crucial in the decades ahead for curbing fossil-fuel use to combat greenhouse gas emissions, diversify the state’s fuel mix and enhance energy security. 

I wish the new Governor every success in the difficult challenge that awaits him as New York State’s 55th chief executive. 

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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