New York Power Authority To Hold Public Hearing On Proposed Power Contract In Support Of Brookhaven National Laboratory

Michael Saltzman

January 13, 2010


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Brookhaven Town Hall in Suffolk County on a proposed power supply contract with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for providing low-cost power to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). 

The 15 megawatts of NYPA hydropower under the sale-for-resale agreement will be instrumental for a high-intensity light beam project—the National Sychrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II)—now under construction at BNL.  The allotted power will also help the laboratory compete for other new scientific missions and facilities.
“Tuesday’s public hearing at Brookhaven Town Hall is an essential step in the process for securing the low-cost power for Brookhaven National Laboratory and ensuring that the major new light source facility at BNL progresses as planned,” said NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel. “The New York Power Authority is excited about partnering with LIPA and BNL to enable the NSLS-II project, which will provide substantial benefits for both the local and state economies. The initiative also has Governor Paterson’s strong support.”

The more-than $900 million light beam project, which will be engaged in atomic scale work for ultramicroscopic medical, energy and materials research, will result in up to 1,000 jobs during the building phase and several hundred new permanent jobs once the facility goes into service, which is expected in 2015. 

Fourteen megawatts of the hydropower allocation will come from NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena, with the remaining megawatt from NYPA’s Niagara Power Project in Lewiston.  The allocation, which will not affect any other NYPA customer or upstate consumers, will be blended with market-based energy purchases that NYPA currently makes on behalf of the laboratory.  

Tuesday’s hearing on the proposed NYPA-LIPA contract will be held in the Media Room of Brookhaven Town Hall at One Independence Hill in Farmingville.  The scheduled hearing times are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The proposed contract is available on the NYPA Web site at www.nypa.gov/publichearings
Following the public comments, the final contract will be submitted to the NYPA Trustees for their approval and transmittal to the Governor for his authorization.    


About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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