NYPA Receives First Place Award For Work Safety
March 31, 2011
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced that NYPA has received the first place American Public Power Association's (APPA) Electric Utility Safety Award for operating practices in 2010.
"The safety of the Power Authority's 1,600 employees in the operation and support of NYPA's generating and transmission facilities across New York State is of the greatest importance to us," said Kessel." The first-place ranking from the American Public Power Association underscores the care and diligence of our outstanding workforce, of which we're very proud. On behalf of NYPA, I thank the American Public Power Association for awarding us top honors."
NYPA was one of 200 other utilities judged by the APPA in categories according to the number of work-related recordable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during the previous year, as defined by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Power Authority was entered in the second-largest category, for public-power systems with one million to approximately 3.99 million worker-hours.
The safety awards were presented in late March by David Dwinell, chairman of the APPA's Safety Committee, at the Association's annual Safety Awards of Excellence Breakfast as part of its 2011 Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Nashville, Tenn. John Kahabka, NYPA's vice president for Environmental Health and Safety, accepted the award for the Power Authority.
Paul Allen, chairman of APPA's Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Review Panel and vice president, engineering at Nashville Electric Service, noted that the award recipients "stand out as utilities that are continuing to strive for excellence for their customers and their communities."
The APPA's RP3 panel recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.
Since 1994, NYPA has placed first 12 times and second five times in its category.
APPA is the national service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community- and state-owned electric utilities serving 45 million people.
■ 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.