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

Paul DeMichele
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April 1, 2011


WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President 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 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 Power Authority does hundreds of millions of dollars a year in business with New York companies—a prime example of how we contribute to economic development in the state,” Kessel said. “In our award of competitively bid contracts, we’re always eager to work with businesses committed to create or protect jobs for New Yorkers.  Public-sector organizations like ours have a vital role to play in partnering with businesses to help spur the struggling economy. This is a key dimension of our efforts under Governor Cuomo.”   

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

--Castle Power Solutions, South Glens Falls; Eaton Corp., New York City; and General Electric International, Rotterdam. The three New York City and Capital Region-area companies will provide support for energy efficiency improvements undertaken by NYPA at various public facilities. The contracts, for up to five years and a total of $5 million, will include a variety of services such as design and engineering measures and equipment installations.

--SHI International, Cold Spring. The firm, located in Putnam County, will provide for updates, maintenance and technical support for the software used on NYPA desktop computers in an effort to protect the Power Authority against cyber network security intrusions. The contract, for up to three years, is for $84,300. SHI is a New York State-certified Minority Business Enterprise.

--All State Fire Equipment of Western New York, Depew. The firm, located in Erie County, will provide for inspection and testing services of fire protection systems at NYPA’s Niagara Power Project in Lewiston. The services will include providing labor, supervision, equipment and materials for quarterly and annual tests and inspections of the project’s fire protection systems. The $60,000 contract, for up to five years, will also include semiannual inspection and testing of the fire-suppression system of NYPA’s ice breaker vessel, the William H. Latham.

--BIDCO Marine Group, Grand Island. The Western New York company will provide inspections of the gates used to control the flow of water through the generating units at the Niagara project’s Robert Moses Plant. The services will include all labor, supervision, technical expertise, equipment, tools and material for all operations and activities associated with such inspections and services. The multi-year contract is for $100,000.

--Casella Waste Service, Potsdam. The firm, located in St. Lawrence County, will provide refuse removal and disposal services at the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena. The up-to three-year, $400,000 contract, will include furnishing all necessary containers for refuse, recyclables, wood and insulators, as needed, and include the container, hauling, landfill and disposal fees.

--Thinking Outside the Square, Buffalo. The company will provide for maintenance and repair—including equipment and supplies of displays and exhibits at the Niagara project’s Power Vista Visitors Center. The contract, for up to four years, is for $100,000.

--ASR International, Hauppauge, and Quality Inspection Services, Buffalo. The Long Island and Western New York-area companies will provide on-call quality assurance engineers, inspectors and metallurgists for various assignments. The contracts are for up to five years, for a total of $2 million, and will include the potential services of monitoring, surveillance and inspection of field work performed by contractors at NYPA facilities and vendor activities at their respective facilities worldwide, in order to ensure that purchased equipment, components, materials or systems meet specifications. ASR is a New York State-certified Minority Business Enterprise.

The procurement contracts, which become effective on or about April 1, are the result of competitive processes for obtaining the lowest-priced bids from qualified companies, in response to Requests for Proposals posted on the Authority’s website or notices in the New York State Contract Reporter.

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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