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NYPA’s Annual Wildlife Festival and Energy Expo Set for Sept. 26

Steve Ramsey

August 20, 2009


NORTH BLENHEIM—Mark your calendars for free family fun and energy saving ideas at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Wildlife Festival and Energy Expo, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at NYPA’s admission-free visitors center at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.

Now in its 24th year, the Wildlife Festival will again feature a variety of live animal exhibits, along with entertainment, arts and crafts, educational presentations and children’s activities.

The complementary Energy Expo, first held in 2006, continues to grow in size and significance as more than two dozen vendors offer information and services to help businesses and homeowners reduce their energy costs.

There will be a variety of attractions at the Wildlife Festival, including raptors, reptiles, a petting zoo, musicians, storytellers, wagon rides and more.  At the Energy Expo, information will be available from local companies and governmental organizations that can help consumers lower their energy bills while conserving natural resources.  They will include Alteris Renewables, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, All Seasons Construction, Energy Kinetics and many more.

Food vendors will have a variety of refreshments available for sale, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecued chicken and homemade pies.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, housed in a 19th-century dairy barn on the power project grounds, is filled with hands-on exhibits that demonstrate the basics of electricity and provide a look at how the power project operates. Also on-site is Historic Lansing Manor, a country estate built in 1819 that is now operated as a museum.

NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. To learn more, call 800-724-0309 or visit


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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■    About 75 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,

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