New York Power Authority Spotlights National Energy Awareness Month

Lou Paonessa

September 30, 2010


LEWISTON—In recognition of National Energy Awareness Month in October, the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Vista has organized a Saturday series of free educational programs to promote the importance of a clean energy economy.  The programs are designed to educate and inform children on the importance of conserving energy and the small changes they can make to help make their communities more sustainable.

The schedule is as follows:

October 2 –     Electricity – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
“Bill Nye the Science Guy” narrates films for youngsters on the subject of electricity, followed by a presentation on the “Basics of Electricity.”

October 9 –     Electrical Safety – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
“Timon and Pumbaa” and “Louie the Lightning Bug” teach children about electrical safety in these short entertaining films, followed by a presentation on the “Basics of Electricity.”

October 16 –   Natural Energy – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
“Bill Bye the Science Guy” tackles the topic of renewable energy in two films, followed by a presentation on hydropower.

October 23 –   Energy Conservation—10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
“Timon and Pumbaa” team up again to teach young children about energy conservation, followed by a presentation on the “Basics of Electricity.”

The Federal Government first initiated American Energy Week in 1981 to begin raising awareness of the need to conserve energy; it was extended to a month-long observance for the Department of Energy in 1986. President Obama reaffirmed the need for increased energy awareness by saying in a proclamation issued last year for Energy Awareness Month that Americans can "mark this month by making clean energy choices that can both rebuild our economy and make it more sustainable.” For more information on National Energy Awareness Month, visit the U.S. Department of Energy website at http://www.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/energy_aware.html

During the events, visitors can also enjoy a wide array of hands-on displays and interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history, as well as spectacular views from the observation deck, 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge.  Parking and admission at the Power Vista, located at 5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston, are always free of charge.

For more information, call 716-286-6661 or 1-866-NYPA-FUN, or visit www.nypa.gov for a complete schedule of activities.


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. ■ 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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