N.Y. Power Authority 2014 Operating Budget Invests in Power System Infrastructure and Customer Energy Efficiency While Controlling Costs

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December 17, 2013


WHITE PLAINS - The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved NYPA’s 2014 Operating Plan (budget) that continues to invest in its 16 power plants and transmission facilities—critical New York State energy infrastructure—and in its cost-effective energy efficiency projects at local and state government facilities statewide.

The 2014 Operating Plan includes an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) budget of $379.3 million; a Capital budget of $279.3 million, an increase of $87 million over the budgeted amount for 2013; and an Energy Services budget of $222.3 million, an increase of $22 million over the 2013 budgeted amount.

The Operating Plan prioritizes infrastructure upgrades and new technologies with strong fiscal management, as reflected in the Power Authority’s solid “AA” credit rating. It also preserves NYPA’s competitive power rates—among the lowest in the state—which benefit key New York businesses and support hundreds of thousands of jobs and major capital investments under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ReCharge NY program and other NYPA economic development programs.

The plan also reflects the Power Authority’s support of other gubernatorial initiatives, including the New York Energy Highway and Build Smart NY programs, for modernizing the state’s electric power system and improving energy efficiency in public buildings and facilities. Approximately 65 percent of the Capital budget will be in support of work at NYPA’s Niagara and St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt hydroelectric plants and for transmission improvements under a Life Extension and Modernization program, to 2025. The program is part of the Governor’s Energy Highway Initiative.

“The NYPA 2014 budget plan builds on our longstanding role as a bulwark for New York State’s electric power system, with continued funding of capital expenditures at our flagship hydroelectric facilities at Niagara and St. Lawrence-FDR, other clean power plants, and for our statewide transmission system,” said John R. Koelmel, NYPA chairman. “Our goal is to ensure that the Power Authority’s systems are robust, reliable and as storm resistant as possible.”

“Our 2014 budget is a cornerstone for making certain that our power plants and transmission facilities are equipped to handle the challenges of a 21st century economy, in line with Governor Cuomo’s ambitious goals in his Energy Highway Blueprint,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “NYPA continues to provide low-cost power to foster economic development throughout the state, integrate the latest technologies that enhance the versatility of the power grid, and implement energy efficiency programs for substantial savings at public and government facilities.”

Payroll costs, as a proportion of the 2014 O&M budget, are one percent less than 2013. No new positions are requested for NYPA’s work force.

The O&M budget includes:

The Capital budget includes:

The 2014 Energy Services budget supports NYPA’s leading role in carrying out Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY program to improve energy efficiency at state government facilities by 20 percent by 2020. Under the Governor’s leadership, NYPA is also undertaking similar improvements at local and county government locations.

The Power Authority’s increased funding of ongoing or new energy efficiency projects in 2014 will contribute to sustaining or creating thousands of private-sector design, construction and engineering jobs. NYPA recovers its costs of the retrofits and installations over several years after which the beneficiaries retain all of the savings.

The typical installations have included:

The NYPA trustees on Tuesday also approved a four-year financial plan, for 2014 through 2017, with the 2014 Operating Budget the first year of the plan. Preliminary forecasts of revenues and expenditures are provided for the remaining three years.

The financial plan, which is being submitted to the Office of the New York State Comptroller as provided for under state regulations, is available on the NYPA website at http://www.nypa.gov/financial/budgetreports/budgetposting.htm.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA 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 the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.