|NYPA Trustees Award More Than $25 Million in Contracts to New York State Businesses|
|June 29, 2012|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) on Tuesday approved more than $25 million in contracts to several New York firms in support of its statewide operations in a wide range of areas, including its hydroelectric and natural gas-fueled generating facilities, extensive energy efficiency services and general administrative functions. The competitive awards are representative, in part, of the hundreds of millions of dollars NYPA expends annually on equipment, supplies, technical expertise and other professional services provided by qualified New York businesses throughout the state. Competitively bid contracts serve to ensure cost-effective pricing from qualified contractors and vendors and thus lowers the Authority’s cost for energy-related support. “The Power Authority’s vast operations require numerous services that are essential to our role in sustaining the state’s electrical power system,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “When competitive contracts are awarded to New York businesses, they not only provide the Authority with crucial services but help to bolster the state’s economy through the creation and retention of jobs.” The latest awards include a multi-year contract with Hawkeye, LLC, of Hauppauge, one of two firms awarded contracts in the aggregate amount of $10 million, to provide emergency repair services for the Authority’s land-based high-pressure fluid-filled, high-pressure gas-filled and solid dielectric underground transmission cable systems at various NYPA facility locations, in Western and Northern New York, the Catskill Region, New York City and Long Island. Hawkeye will provide such services for a period of up to five years. The NYPA Trustees also awarded a $6.6 million multi-year contract to Northland Associates, Inc., of Syracuse, for the design and construction of a large-scale distributed windpower system at the State University of New York at Canton. The first phase of the project involves the overall design and permitting of the system by Northland. Pending successful completion of Phase I, Northland will receive further authorization to proceed to the second phase, which entails the actual construction of the project. Other New York-based companies scheduled to receive competitive awards are: CHA Consulting, Inc., of Albany; Power Gem, LLC, of Clifton Park; Navigant Consulting, Inc., of Westbury and Siemens Industry, Inc., of Schenectady. These businesses will provide a wide range of consulting services in connection with NYPA’s energy policy and regulatory activities and generation, transmission and other related initiatives for the Authority’s Power Supply Project Development, Licensing and Compliance Unit. Metro Tech Consulting Services, Inc., of New York City, is one of three firms awarded contracts in the aggregate amount of $10 million, for a period of up to five years, to support NYPA’s Energy Efficiency Services Program. The company will provide temporary engineering support in anticipation of NYPA’s helping to advance Governor’s Cuomo’s statewide Energy Efficiency Master Plan to reduce energy usage in state facilities by 20 percent over the next four years. Metro Tech is a New York State-certified Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE). For fiscal year 2011-2012, NYPA awarded an unprecedented $ 67.6 million of its reportable expenditures to State-certified M/WBE firms, exceeding its previous record in 2009 by approximately $4.5 million. This is consistent with the priority Governor Cuomo has given to the state’s expanding economic opportunities for minority- and women-owned enterprises.
■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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