NYPA President Zeltmann Urges Three-Part Energy Strategy
March 5, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANYNew York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Operating Officer Eugene W. Zeltmann called Tuesday for a three-pronged approach to meeting New York States electricity needs and warned that the current easing in growth of demand for power is a temporary respite that should be used to prepare for the future.
"The blueprint for New Yorks energy future should resemble a three-legged stoolone balanced on generation, transmission and energy efficiency," Zeltmann said in testimony at a public hearing on the Draft State Energy Plan. "All three of these elements are needed to provide our state a solid foundation for economic growth and environmental protection.
"We will need to build new, cleaner power plants, improve and enhance our transmission system, make more efficient use of energyand explore new, renewable sources of power," said Zeltmann. He noted that the Power Authority is playing vital roles in each of these areas while also using its low-cost electricity to help protect nearly 420,000 jobs at businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the state under Gov. George E. Patakis Power for Jobs program and other initiatives.
Testifying at the hearing conducted by the State Energy Planning Board, which prepared the draft plan, Zeltmann said the national economic downturn and the events of Sept. 11 have slowed growth in electricity use, but that this trend would not continue.
"As the economy recovers, the ongoing growth in the demand for electricity will certainly accelerate," he told the panel at the state Department of Environmental Conservation building. "We must take advantage of this brief respite and view it as an opportunity to prepare for the future.
"Forward-looking energy policy can be a casualty of the complacency that accompanies seemingly sufficient power supplies and lower prices," Zeltmann said. "Fortunately, the efforts of Governor Patakiincluding the work of the Energy Planning Boarddemonstrate that New York State is working to avoid that pitfall. The Draft State Energy Plan recognizes the sustained growth of energy demand, as well as the crucial role of energy efficiency in improving air quality and cutting our dependence on foreign oil."
Zeltmann cited the draft plans "essential sense of balance" in addressing each element of the three-part energy strategy and said "it will provide an excellent map to a better energy future for all New Yorkers."
Summarizing the Power Authoritys contributions in the three areas, Zeltmann noted that NYPA: