photo and captionNORTH BLENHEIM— The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host its 28th Annual Wildlife Festival on the grounds of the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will also feature the 8th Annual Energy Expo, with local vendors providing tips on how to use energy more efficiently at home and on the road. Both the Wildlife Festival and the Energy Expo are admission-free.
The Wildlife Festival will feature a petting zoo, various wild animal exhibits, chainsaw demonstrations, bluegrass music, face painting, arts and crafts exhibits and more.
At the Energy Expo, visitors can learn how to reduce energy use from professionals specializing in energy-efficiency solutions and also receive information on low-cost financing options available to install energy-saving products in homes and businesses. The Expo will also feature educational programs for children focusing on how electricity is generated and ways it can be used more efficiently.
Festival-goers can also enjoy the wide array of hands-on exhibits at the admission-free visitors center that presents information on themes such as the basics of electricity, uses of electricity, and the operation of NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Hydroelectric Power Plant—New York’s largest pumped-storage electric power facility.
The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located 17 miles south of Middleburgh on Route 30 and 50 miles southwest of Albany.
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 has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.