NYPA’s John Kahabka Named To Leadership Post On EPRI’s Environment Sector Council

Maura Balaban - NYPA
Chris Mahoney - EPRI


October 5, 2011


WHITE PLAINS—John Kahabka, the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) vice president for Environment, Health and Safety, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Environment Sector Council, a five-member body that  provides strategic direction for the research and development of projects benefiting EPRI’s Environment Sector.

“NYPA has endorsed the visionary work of EPRI from its earliest projects,” said Edward Welz, NYPA’s acting chief operating officer.  “EPRI’s selection of our employees for leadership positions in its various sector councils speaks volumes about the caliber of our staff and the quality of EPRI’s research. We are very pleased that John’s expertise is being recognized by a larger audience and confident he will be an asset to EPRI and its members.”

In his current position at NYPA, Kahabka is responsible for all environmental, health and safety issues affecting each of NYPA’s 17 power plants, its 1,400 miles of transmission lines, numerous energy services projects implemented on behalf of NYPA customers, administrative facilities and employees. His group provides guidance on regulatory issues affecting personnel safety and environmental permitting, and designs and implements training programs to ensure NYPA’s compliance. 

Kahabka was approved by the EPRI Environment Council and his nomination was announced last month in Albuquerque, N.M., at the Environment Council’s semi-annual meeting.

Kahabka has led NYPA’s collaboration with EPRI in several research initiatives in support of clean power generation,  including the use of a comprehensive approach for siting renewable energy projects that takes into account a broad range of community concerns that is being adopted by owners and operators of these facilities nationwide; a study examining the role of emissions offset estimates as a compliance option under evolving environmental policies; and an ambitious energy and economics model, called Prism 2.0, that takes a broad look at the future of energy and the economy and attempts to draw a roadmap for the industry.  

Kahabka was hired in 1985 as NYPA was undertaking the construction of the Marcy South transmission line—a complex 207-mile project traversing eight counties and including an underwater crossing of the Hudson River.  In 1989, Kahabka worked as an environmental engineer in emergency preparedness for the James A. Fitzpatrick and Indian Point 3 nuclear power plants–two projects that were sold by NYPA to Entergy Corporation in 2000. In 1999, Kahabka was promoted to supervisor of environmental programs for nuclear and non-nuclear operations. He was promoted to his current position in 2003. Prior to joining the Power Authority, he worked for an independent environmental consulting firm in Akron, N.Y. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gannon University in Erie, Pa.

About EPRI:

The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI’s members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to 40 countries. EPRI’s principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.

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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