NYPA Celebrates Earth Week With The Release Of Its Sustainability Annual Report
April 29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS— In celebration of Earth Week, New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced the issuance of NYPA’s Sustainability Annual Report to formalize the implementation of future energy-saving and environmental initiatives and review the goals set out in the Power Authority’s Sustainability Action Plan, which was released in January 2010.
“The Power Authority has redoubled its sustainability efforts and intends to lead by example,” Kessel said. “This is NYPA’s commitment to demonstrating to the public that we will provide future generations with an improved environment. Governor Cuomo has stressed this priority and we hope to make additional strides through 2011 in maximizing the efficient use of energy supplies and other resources, building on our reputation as one of the cleanest utilities in the country.”
The NYPA Sustainability Annual Report was developed, written and produced by a diverse team of NYPA employees, including environmental scientists, workplace safety professionals, facilities management experts, and communication specialists. The report combines NYPA’s longstanding energy saving and environmental conservation practices with future initiatives under one sustainability umbrella to achieve the goals of environmental stewardship, social equity and economic prosperity. The report was reviewed by a wide range of individuals and organizations across New York State to get community input prior to it being finalized.
The report, entitled Generating Sustainability, is comprised of five sections representing NYPA’s major areas of activities: workplace, community, environment, marketplace, and operations. It includes 21 key focus areas, ranging from health and safety to stakeholder engagement to climate change adaptation.
Among the NYPA achievements are the following:
- Invested in clean energy for 2010, which exceeded more than $175 million and set a new one year record for the statewide public power utility with 78 projects completed and 432 underway;
- Made critical upgrades and modernization efforts at NYPA hydroelectric facilities including: the completion of a four-year, $135 million project at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, in the Northern Catskills, which included the replacement of four pump turbine generating units; continued work on a $281 million effort at the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, in Massena; and kicked-off of a modernization project at the Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant, at the Niagara Power Project;
- Continued working closely with the New York Independent System Operator, Electric Power Research Institute and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to determine optimal locations for smart grid measures and other transmission line improvements;
- Advanced efforts in obtaining certification from U.S Green Building Council for various existing and new facilities by assessing energy efficiency and environmental sustainability at three NYPA visitor centers;
- Continued evaluating proposals of major solar and offshore wind power projects for development of clean energy and job growth;
- Partnered with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by purchasing energy credits and environmental attributes from a biomass facility being built in Orange County, home of the Port Authority-owned Stewart Airport;
- Continued to work on fulfilling all habitat and recreation projects required as part of the federal licenses for the Niagara and St. Lawrence-FDR power projects; and,
- Continued to participate with customers in national, regional and state programs to accelerate the development and commercialization of hybrid and plug-in hybrid trucks, buses and off-road equipment.
In recent years, NYPA has made significant contributions to the state’s environmental and resource sustainability goals through its investment in wide-ranging clean energy technologies from solar power to fuel cells to energy efficiency improvements. Its application of these measures, which also include enhanced water-use management and other resource conservation, have benefited public facilities throughout the state and been one of the hallmarks of the Power Authority’s practices at its generation, transmission and office facilities.
In 2006, long before the Sustainability Action Plan, NYPA received LEED Gold-EB (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ranking from the U.S. Green Building Council for its White Plains administrative office building. That focus on environmental sustainability is reflected by NYPA’s continued emphasis on protecting resources for future generations.
More than 80 percent of the electricity generated by the Power Authority is nonpolluting hydropower, with NYPA’s Niagara and St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt power projects among New York State’s preeminent clean generating facilities. These facilities account for more than 10 percent of the state’s total electricity output.
In keeping with its sustainability goals, only a limited number of reports were printed on 100 percent recycled paper. Both the Sustainability annual report and the 2010 Action Plan can be viewed in their entirety on NYPA’s website www.nypa.gov.
■ 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.