Media Advisory and Photo Opportunity: NYPA President & CEO Kessel TO BE Joined BY NYC Officials AND Environmental Leaders TO Mark THE Termination OF Power Generation AT Queens Power Plant

January 28, 2010


New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel will be joined Friday at NYPA’s Charles Poletti Power Project in Astoria by New York City officials and environmental and community leaders to mark the ceasing of power generation at the more than 30-year-old natural gas- and oil-fueled plant. 

The termination of operations stems from a 2002 agreement for improving air quality through the replacement of older power generation with cleaner and more efficient generating capacity.



Official End of Commercial Operations of Generator at Charles Poletti Power Project Site

Friday, Jan. 29

Poletti Power Project
31st Street and 20th Avenue
Astoria, N.Y.
(718) 626-8250

Michael Saltzman, NYPA
(914) 390-8181       

(Visitors must present a photo ID at the security gate and be escorted to the site.)



From points north and west of Triboro Bridge (Manhattan, Bronx, Westchester, Connecticut):
Take best route to Triboro Bridge and proceed southbound (toward Long Island). Exit at 31st Street (Astoria).  Cross 31st Street (no left turn sign) and go one block beyond and turn left onto 33rd Street.  At the light, turn left onto Hoyt Ave. North (Astoria Blvd North) and move into the right lane.  Turn right onto 31st Street.  Continue to main entrance at 20th Avenue and 31st Street. 

From points east or south of Triboro Bridge (Oueens, Brooklyn, Long Island):
Take Grand Central Parkway westbound to Hoyt Avenue exit and proceed to 31st Street. Make right onto 31st Street and continue to main entrance at 20th Avenue.     


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. ■ More than 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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