Media Advisory and Photo Opportunity: New York Power Authority CEO Kessel to Address Jefferson County Legislature Regarding Offshore Wind Initiative

March 9, 2010


New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel tonight will address the members of the Jefferson County Legislature. Specifically, Kessel will provide remarks related to NYPA’s proposed Great Lakes Offshore Wind Initiative.

In December 2009, NYPA issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of offshore wind power projects in the New York State waters of Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario.  Not only will this represent the first initiative in the Great Lakes, it will be the first wind power development of any kind in a fresh water body in the nation.

The Power Authority is soliciting proposals for the development of a utility scale, offshore wind power project in the range of 120 megawatts (MW) to 500 MW.

NYPA first announced the offshore wind initiative last year on Earth Day, April 22.  In attendance were representatives of National Grid, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, state and local environmental organizations, wind power developers and the University of Buffalo. 

The Great Lakes Offshore Wind Initiative will help build the clean energy economy in New York State; create clean energy jobs; stimulate local economic activity; and support New York State’s “45 x 15” clean and renewable program.

Kessel will be available to take questions from the media immediately before the meeting with Jefferson County Legislature.


Kessel Delivers Remarks to the Jefferson County Legislature
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
7 p.m.

195 Arsenal Street


Connie Cullen

*NOTE:    There will be a media availability with Mr. Kessel at 6:30 p.m. at the same location, immediately before his remarks to the legislature.


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 17 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, www.nypa.gov.

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