NYPA Extends Hydropower
Allocations Linked to 600 Jobs at Two Firms in Western New York
June 29, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
Trustees Tuesday approved contract extensions for low-cost
hydropower from the Authority’s Niagara Power Project for two
Western New York manufacturers that have renewed their commitments
to the region through multimillion-dollar expansions.
The actions, at the Power Authority’s monthly
board meeting here, assure that the 3M Company and Carleton
Technologies, Inc., will continue to receive Niagara power
allocations of 1,000 kilowatts (kw) and 700 kw, respectively, at
facilities in Tonawanda and Orchard Park. Together, the two
companies employ 600 people.
“The two contract extensions that we approved
today attest to the close working partnership we’ve formed with
businesses and industries in Western New York to help protect and
create jobs, while supporting their competitive operations,” said
Louis P. Ciminelli, NYPA chairman. “Governor George E. Pataki has
long stressed the absolute importance of using low-cost Niagara
hydropower to its greatest possible advantage, and the contract
extensions with 3M and Carleton are in keeping with that priority.”
The Niagara project, along with a second large
NYPA hydroelectric project on the St. Lawrence River, provide the
lowest cost electricity in New York State and some of the least
expensive in the United States.
The allocations to 3M and Carleton are drawn
from a 250,000-kw block of power known as expansion power, reserved
for businesses within a 30-mile radius of the Niagara project. A
second block of Niagara power called replacement power, totaling
445,000 kw, is also assigned to Western New York businesses.
Together, the two blocks of power support some 44,000 jobs on the
3M’s Tonawanda facility—part of the company’s
Home Products Division—is the largest manufacturer of cellulose
sponges in the country. The company is currently undertaking a
$32-million expansion of the facility, which, in addition to the
tough and durable sponges, also manufactures and markets
pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes, abrasives and specialty
chemicals. It employs 393 people at the facility.
Carleton Technologies is a leader in the design
and manufacturing of pneumatic and electromechanical components for
the aerospace and defense industries. The company’s customers
include the federal government, Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed
Martin. It employs 200 people at the Orchard Park plant.
The NYPA trustees approved the contract
extensions with 3M and Carleton preceding a midday event here to
mark the completion of a pioneering transmission-control device
called the convertible static compensator (CSC). The new equipment
provides voltage support for increased power flow on the statewide
power grid and makes possible, for the first time anywhere in the
world, the instantaneous shifting of power from one transmission
line to another in the same substation.