N.Y. Power Authority Awards Contracts To New York State Firms In Support Of Its Statewide Operations

Paul DeMichele
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Michael Saltzman
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September 9, 2010


WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced that NYPA has approved a new round of contracts with New York State companies for carrying out various essential services undertaken by the statewide public power utility in the operation of its generating and transmission facilities and administrative offices and its investment in new technologies. The contracts, which became effective on or about July 1, resulted from competitive processes for obtaining the lowest-priced bids from qualified companies, in response to Requests for Proposals posted on the Authority’s Procurement Web site or notices in the New York State Contract Reporter. The multiyear agreements involve such wide-ranging endeavors as new solar installations, inspection of transmission lines and other NYPA infrastructure, environmental consulting services and general electrical services.

“The Power Authority does hundreds of millions of dollars a year in business with New York companies, which is one of the ways we contribute to economic development in the state beyond our lower cost power allocations to businesses in return for their job commitments,” Kessel said.  “Whenever possible, we want to support the creation and retention of jobs in the state, particularly during this rough economic period when so many enterprises are coping with reduced demand and the labor market is weak. New York businesses have much to offer, and the Power Authority owes much of its day-to-day success to their capabilities.”

The NYPA Trustees recently authorized contracts with a number of companies, including the following New York enterprises:

--RDS Industries, Queens, and Solar Liberty Energy Systems, Buffalo.  The two companies will provide for the design, manufacture and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at four to seven sites, including the Nassau County Public Safety Center in Mineola, where NYPA plans to install an 80-kilowatt system (http://www.nypa.gov/press/2010/100311a.html).

The up-to five-year contracts for the solar installations total $1.7 million, with the Power Authority responsible for overall project implementation. To date, NYPA has installed a total of 39 PV systems in various parts of the state. Its investment in solar power and other renewable power sources supports New York State’s “45 by 15” Plan for 45 percent of the state’s electricity needs to be met by improved efficiency and clean renewable energy by the year 2015.

--Aviation Services Unlimited, Oriskany. The company, in Oneida County, will provide for helicopter patrol services for NYPA’s periodic inspections of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines in various areas of the state.  The up-to three-year $800,000 contract also provides for the quick dispatch, within a two-hour time frame, of aircraft patrols in the event of emergencies. 

NYPA’s power lines, which account for about one-third of the state’s high-voltage lines, extend from hydroelectric projects on the St. Lawrence and Niagara Rivers, the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in the Northern Catskills and the Frederick R. Clark Energy Center near Utica. The center coordinates the flow of electricity from the Power Authority’s 17 generating facilities around the state.
--Greenman Pedersen, in Babylon and Albany.  The company will provide consulting services for ensuring NYPA compliance with national standards for corrosion prevention. The services apply to transmission towers, buildings, roadways, bridges and tunnels.  The contract, for up to five years, is for $500,000.

--LiRo Engineering, Syosset; Sienna Environmental Technologies, Buffalo; and Stohl Environmental, Blasdell (Erie County). The three Long Island and Buffalo-area firms will provide environmental consulting services for NYPA’s Niagara Power Project in connection with general plant maintenance, planned renovations and emergency response situations. The contracts, for up to four years, total up to $1.5 million. The Power Authority is ranked one of the cleanest electric utilities in the country and gives great importance to environmental sustainability and providing a healthy workplace.

--Shaw Environmental, Tonawanda. The firm will provide sampling and testing services for zebra mussels in the vicinity of the Niagara project. The tiny shellfish, a non-indigenous invasive species, can interfere with maximum effective operations of power plants by colonizing water intakes. The $125,000 contract with Shaw is for up to four years.

--Upstate Metrology, Rochester, N.Y.   The company will provide calibration services for instrumentation and control equipment at the Niagara project. The up-to-four-year contract is for $50,000.

>--A&A Maintenance Enterprise, Yonkers. Janitorial services for the Power Authority’s 17-story administrative office building in White Plains will be provided by A&A, a minority-owned business,under an up-to five-year contract for $5.5 million.

--B.A.C. Electrical Construction and Healy Electrical Contracting, in White Plains, and West-Fair Electric Contractors, Hawthorne. The two Westchester County firms will provide electrical services for the NYPA White Plains office building, which is also known as the Clarence D. Rappleyea Building.  The contracts are for up to five years, for a total of $1 million.

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. ■ Approximately 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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