NYPA Approves Continued
Allocations of Hydropower for Two Companies in Western New York
March 30, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—New York Power Authority (NYPA) Trustees
Tuesday approved contract extensions for low-cost hydropower to help
solidify the future of two major Western New York employers, Norampac
Industries in Niagara Falls and Motorola Inc. in Elma.
“The continued allocations of low-cost power to
Norampac and Motorola from our Niagara Power Project signal New York
State’s determination under Governor George E. Pataki to work closely
with Western New York businesses to help lower their costs and improve
their competitiveness,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, NYPA chairman. “This is
an effort the Power Authority makes significant contributions toward
every day, with more than 43,000 jobs in the region linked to our
hydropower allocations, and another 17,000 jobs from other sources of
The allocations for Norampac and Motorola are drawn
from a block of 250,000 kilowatts (kw) of Niagara electricity known as
expansion power, reserved for businesses within 30 miles of the Niagara
project switchyard. (Western New York businesses also benefit from a
second block of Niagara power called replacement power, amounting to
The expansion power contract extensions acted on
Tuesday assure Norampac 1,600 (kw) and Motorola 3,600 kw through August
2009. The allocations for the full term of the contracts will depend on
federal relicensing of the Niagara Project beyond August 2007, when the
current operating license expires.
Norampac, which also operates a manufacturing
facility in Buffalo, in addition to the one in Niagara Falls, recycles
corrugated materials for packaging boxes for consumer products
industries. The company, which is headquartered in Montreal, has been in
Western New York for more than 16 years.
Motorola’s Elma facility, in Erie County,
manufactures sophisticated automotive sensors and electronic controls
that help make vehicles smarter, safer, and more efficient. The plant
ranks among the “Best in Class” not only across Motorola, but the entire
automotive electronics industry. Next year, the company will celebrate
its 50th anniversary in Western New York.
The 2,400,000-kw Niagara Project, in Lewiston, is
the single largest source of electricity in New York State. It provides
some of the lowest-cost electricity, along with a second large
hydroelectric project operated by NYPA, the St. Lawrence-Franklin D.
Roosevelt Project in Massena.