Media Advisory and Photo Opportunity:New york Power Authority CEO Kessel to Discuss Success of Statewide Solar Initiative and Mark the Grand Opening of a Tuscarora Exhibit

April 28, 2010


New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel will be in Erie and Niagara Counties and has the following public schedule:

NYPA President Kessel will hold a news conference to discuss the strong response from solar power developers to a NYPA Request for Proposals for a major statewide solar power project.  The up-to 100-megawatt (mw) initiative, which is expected to lead to the first installations later this year, will increase fivefold the solar generating capacity in New York State, reducing carbon emissions and promoting clean energy jobs in Western New York and other regions. 

NYPA’s 100 mw Solar Initiative Request for Proposals
Thursday, April 29
1:30 p.m.
New York Power Authority
Buffalo Office, 5th Floor Conference Room
95 Perry Street

NYPA President Kessel will join Chief Leo Henry of the Tuscarora Nation to celebrate the grand opening of the world’s first exhibit on the Tuscarora Nation.  The permanent exhibit, owned by the Nation, is installed at the Power Vista, the visitors center for NYPA’s Niagara Power Project. The exhibit, named “The Times of the Tuscarora Nation,” is a timeline of the Nation from 800 A.D. to the present and includes artwork, beadwork and other examples of the Tuscarora culture within display cases flanked by wall panels describing Tuscarora life and history.

Tuscarora Nation Exhibit Grand Opening
Thursday, April 29
5:30 p.m.
NYPA Niagara Power Project – Power Vista Visitors Center
5777 Lewiston Road
Christine Pritchard


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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