NYPA Chairman Seymour Urges 3-Part Power-Supply
Mr. Seymour's remarks
October 11, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SYRACUSENew York Power Authority (NYPA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph J. Seymour called Thursday for a three-part strategy to assure that the state has
enough electricity to meet growing needs as the power industry moves into a new age of
"We must use energy more efficiently," Seymour said at the annual meeting of
Multiple Intervenors, an organization of large commercial and industrial energy consumers
with facilities in New York State. "We must strengthen our transmission system. And
we must build new, environmentally clean power plants as quickly as possible."
Seymour told the audience at the Wyndham Syracuse that the Power Authority is playing a
prominent role in each of these areas under the leadership of Gov. George E. Pataki.
"Were investing more than $100 million this year in
programs and clean, new energy sources," Seymour said. "Thats more
than 2 l/2 times the figure for 1994, the year before the governor took office."
He also noted that NYPA is installing the worlds most advanced transmission
static compensator (CSC)at its Marcy Substation near Utica. Completion of the
projects first phase has boosted statewide transmission capacity by 114 megawatts,
without construction of new lines, Seymour said. The project is expected to be fully
operational next summer, when the increase in transmission capability will reach 200
megawatts or more.
Seymour said the Power Authority installed
10 small, clean
gas-turbine generators in New York City and another on Long Island in a successful
effort to stave off threatened blackouts this past summer, completing within 10 months a
job that normally would take at least two years.
He said the new generators provided "an unanticipated, but very real,
benefit" when transmission of power into the city and the output of larger power
plants were cut as a precaution following last months terrorist attack.
"The gas turbines came through," he said, "showing the strategic value
of smaller, dispersed generation."
Seymour said that Governor Pataki has directed NYPA to transfer 80 megawatts of
electricity it had supplied for use in the World Trade Center to businesses that were
dislocated by the attack and are seeking to resume operations in New York City. He said
the electricity "would save these companies a total of more than $6 million a year
and play a key role in the rebuilding effort." Interested businesses should call,
Overall, Seymour said, low-cost Power Authority electricity helps to protect nearly
420,000 jobs at businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the state under
Governor Patakis Power for JobsTM
program, NYPA hydroelectric allocations and other initiatives.
Noting that the Power Authoritys federal licenses for its large hydroelectric
projects on the St. Lawrence and
Niagara rivers will expire in the next several years,
Seymour urged support for efforts in Congress to reform the federal relicensing process,
which he said can now result in significant delays and additional costs, as well as
reduced power generation.
Seymour said that while current law requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
to consider power generation needs, environmental issues and other factors in granting a
new license, various agencies can impose mandatory and costly license conditions that do
not address broader concerns. He asked the audience to join NYPA and others in backing
legislation to achieve a more balanced approach.
"All with an interest in New Yorks economic well-being have a stake in this
because our ability to relicense our projects in a cost-effective manner, and without a
loss of generation, will directly affect how much power is available and at what
price," Seymour said.