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April 30 at 1p.m. - Culmination of Earth Month ReCharge New York News Conference at International Paper - Ticonderoga Mill

NYPA Contact:
Julieanne Sullivan
(914) 390-8121, cell 914-393-3167
Julieanne.Sullivan@nypa.gov

International Paper Contact:
Donna Wadsworth
(518) 585-5460
donna.wadsworth@ipaper.com

NYSERDA Contact:
Dayle Zaitlin
dez@nyserda.ny.gov
(518) 862-1090 x3359

To culminate Earth Month, representatives of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and International Paper in Ticonderoga (Essex County) will be joined by state and local officials on Wednesday, April 30, at 1 p.m. to recognize the success of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ReCharge New York (RNY) power program in the North Country Region and its benefits to the environmentally sustainable manufacturing operations at International Paper.

International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill produces up to 850 tons/day of paper made from trees harvested in working Adirondack and Vermont forests in accordance with the highest standards of forestry management and sustainable practices. The Mill employs 600 employees with a $51.1 million payroll with an additional 600 to 700 independent loggers and truckers earning their living from mill operations.

Governor Cuomo launched the RNY power program to help businesses and other entities lower their operating costs and spur economic development. The program offers up to seven-year contracts for lower-cost power. Also attending will be members of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, which provides strategic guidance to state entities charged with leveraging public funding and resources to promote regional economic growth.

View a video of International Paper – Ticonderoga Mill’s manufacturing excellence:
http://download.streamingmediahosting.com/10059/mp/IP_Pre-Event.mp4

WHAT:         Benefits of ReCharge NY Program at International Paper – Ticonderoga Mill and other recipients in the North Country region   

WHEN:         Wednesday, April 30, 2014           

TIME:             1 p.m.     

WHERE:        International Paper - Ticonderoga Mill,  568 Shore Airport Road, Ticonderoga, NY 12883

TOUR:           Following the news conference, media will have an opportunity to tour International Paper’s Mill operation.      

DIRECTIONS:

From South
From Albany: travel north on Adirondack Northway I-87 to exit 28.

From Exit 28, follow Route 74 to Ticonderoga (approximately 18 miles) to intersection of Routes 74 and 9N/22 (McDonalds’s will be on your right)
Continue straight through intersection.

Take the third left (steep hill), Shore Airport Road and continue for about 2
miles to the main entrance of the mill (large wood sign and planter).

Security will direct you to parking.

From North
From Plattsburgh: travel south on Adirondack Northway I-87 to exit 28
From Exit 28, follow Route 74 to Ticonderoga (approximately 18 miles) to intersection of Routes 74 and 9N/22 (McDonalds’s will be on your right)
Continue straight through intersection.

Take the third left (steep hill), Shore Airport Road and continue for about 2
miles to the main entrance of the mill (large wood sign and planter).

Security will direct you to parking.

About NYPA:

■ 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.

About International Paper:

■ International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill produces up to 850 tons/day of high end printing, technical and fine papers. ■ Paper produced at the mill is made from trees harvested in working Adirondack and Vermont forests in accordance with the highest standards of forestry management and sustainable practices. ■ Over 600 employees with a $51.1 million payroll.
■ An additional 600-700 independent loggers and truckers who earn their living directly from the mill. ■ Largest employer in Essex County and a major anchor of the North Country economy. ■ Purchased $160 million in goods and services to regional suppliers, $39 million in wood and fiber, contributed $380,000 to areas schools and not-for-profit organizations. ■ International Paper Corporation is an industry leader in best practices in environmental sustainability and has received numerous awards. ■ EPA Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management; Fortune Magazine – World’s Most Admired Forest Products Company; Forest and Paper Association Leaders in Sustainability Award; Ethisphere Institute World’s Most Ethical Companies Award; National Geographic Society’s Chairman Award ■ For more information about International Paper, please visit: www.international paper.com, Facebook.com/InternationalPaper, Twitter.com/IntlPaperCo (@IntlPaperCo) ■To learn more about International Paper’s sustainability efforts please visit: www.internationalpaper.com/US/EN/Company/Sustainability/index.html

About Empire State Development (ESD) and New York State Energy Research Authority (NYSERDA)

■ In addition to the RNY power, International Paper has received financial awards of $1 million and $750,000, respectively, from Empire State Development, (ESD) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The funding from ESD and NYSERDA will be used to support the Mill’s $11.4 million conversion of the facility’s power boiler and lime kiln from No.6 fuel oil to natural gas. The project is expected to result in the elimination of 55,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions—an estimated 27 percent reduction annually.