New York Power Authority to Seek Proposals for Power Supplies

Peter Barden

May 10, 2004


WHITE PLAINS –The New York Power Authority announced Monday plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for long-term electricity supplies to serve its government customers in New York City.

The RFP, to be issued June 4, will seek power to cover the Authority’s needs following the planned retirement of the 875 megawatt Charles Poletti Power Project, scheduled to take place as early as February 2008.  The Authority will seek as much as 500 megawatts of in-City capacity and sufficient energy supply to meet the needs of its public customers for up to 20 years.

“We are looking to the private sector to help us meet these needs,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman of the Power Authority. “We want the power we purchase to be reasonably priced for the Authority’s customers while improving the environmental quality of metropolitan New York and the reliability of the electric system.”

The Power Authority will consider bids from new or existing power plants. Special consideration will be given to new power supplies, re-powered existing generation, and renewable energy sources which improve the environment by displacing older, higher-polluting generation in New York City.   The Authority is interested in a diversified portfolio of energy sources to meet the economic needs of the Authority’s New York City customers.  The total amount of capacity, energy and contract length will be determined through discussions with those customers who include the City of New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York City Housing Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the State of New York.

Electricity offered to meet the Power Authority’s in-City capacity requirements must be “electrically located” in New York City under the rules of the New York Independent System Operator. This requirement may be met by the generation plant being located in New York City, or, alternatively, by a generation plant outside New York City that is connected to Consolidated Edison’s electric system through a sole-purpose, dedicated transmission line or lines.  

Those interested in receiving a copy of the RFP should contact the Power Authority’s Director of Supply Planning, Pricing and Power Contracts, Jordan Brandeis (