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Get Listed! Economic Development Event Helps Match New York Business with Wind Power Developers, Feb. 24

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Connie M. Cullen, NYPA
914-390-8196
Paul Pfeiffer, BNE
716-842-1347, ext. 118

February 16, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEWISTON—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel announced today a business to business conference, Get Listed!, to support and grow New York State's clean energy economy through development of the wind power industry.  Get Listed! will be held on Feb. 24 from 1 to 3pm at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Tomorrow.  

NYPA issued a request for proposals (RFP) last December for what could be the nation’s first fresh water wind project, the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project (GLOW), to help increase the use of renewable energy and spur economic development opportunities.

“Get Listed! will inform New York businesses on the match-making resource, the GLOW Business Registry, soon to be available on the Power Authority’s Web site.  By attending Get Listed!, businesses will become aware of the many and varied types of industries needed by the wind power industry especially the Power Authority’s Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project,” said Richard M. Kessel, president and chief executive officer, NYPA

“The Power Authority will give favorable consideration to Great Lakes project proposals involving New York businesses, especially from those regions close to the Great Lakes, so wind power developers will want to use the free registry Web site to find local resources,” said Michael Townsend, chairman, Board of Trustees, NYPA.    

Businesses can reserve a seat at Get Listed! at www.nypa.gov or by contacting Alexandra Williams, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, 716.842.1357 ext.108.  The conference is free but reservations are required.

The program for Get Listed! includes presentations about the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project; resources needed for development, construction, maintenance and operation of offshore wind projects; and a panel discussion on getting your business involved and an introduction to economic development incentives in the state.  

Get Listed! and the GLOW Business Registry are an opportunity for New York State manufacturers and service providers, especially in Western and Northern New York regions, to make themselves known to wind power developers and take part in this growth industry. In addition, NYPA is interested in attracting new and innovative companies to New York for offshore wind development. 

Another aim of Get Listed! and the GLOW Business Registry is to help build a domestic wind industry in New York and keep job-creating dollars from going overseas. A report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University (http://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investigations/wind-energy-funds-going-overseas/story/renewable-energy-money-still-going-abroad/) reported last October that, “money from the 2009 (US federal) stimulus bill to help support the renewable energy industry continues to flow overseas” and “more than 80 percent of the first $1 billion in grants to wind energy companies went to foreign firms.”

Get Listed! is a NYPA initiative in association with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Empire State Development Corporation and the University at Buffalo.  The GLOW Business Registry on the NYPA Web site is under construction and will be available shortly at www.nypa.gov/glowbusinessregistry.

“NYPA’s offshore wind initiative, New York State’s aggressive portfolio standard, federal stimulus dollars supporting alternative energy development and the growing number of educational and networking events aimed at assisting market entry for companies across the region all reinforce the economic development potential of the renewable energy industry,” said Thomas A. Kucharski, president and chief executive officer, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise.  “The wind sector in particular offers great promise and we hope many companies will take advantage of this event to become more familiar with how they could improve their bottom line, now and in the future, by accessing this market.”

“The University at Buffalo is pursuing alternative sources of energy for its three campuses, and recognizes the economic potential of a clean-energy industry in Western New York – a region with plentiful sources of renewable energy,” said Robert Shibley, senior adviser to the president for campus planning and design, University at Buffalo.  “We are transforming our campuses using the Building UB Comprehensive Physical Plan as our foundation, and our process of transformation will expand our use of alternative energy sources, including wind, solar, biomass and others.”

“A lot of on- and off-campus partners helped UB frame our recently adopted Climate Action Plan to achieve climate neutrality at the university in accordance with the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment,” Shibley added.  “Producing renewable energy on campus, and participating in green energy projects off campus, are a significant part of our overall approach to environmental sustainability.  We believe what is learned from our collaborations with organizations like the New York Power Authority will also be of service to the greater community.”

"Governor Paterson's plan to rebuild New York recognizes the benefits of emerging technology industries like clean tech," said Dennis M. Mullen, chairman and chief executive officer designate, Empire State Development. "New York State has all the requirements for innovation—strong public and private institutions, a quality talent pool and widespread infrastructure. I applaud Richie Kessel and NYPA for hosting Get Listed! This event will highlight the wealth of state resources available to businesses looking to sustain their economic standing and position themselves for growth and success. It was a tremendous effort and a great example of what we can accomplish when working together." 

Businesses which should consider participating in Get Listed! include but are not limited to:

The NYPA RFP to develop the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project calls for between 120 and up to a total of 500 megawatts (mw) to be located in the New York State waters of Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario.  Proposals in response to the RFP are due June 1, 2010.  Developers who commit to utilizing New York labor, materials and to development of wind manufacturing in New York State will receive preference during the RFP review and selection process. 

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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