NYPA President Zeltmann Re-Elected EPRI Chairman
May 31, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief
executive officer of the New York Power Authority, has been re-elected
to a second one-year term as chairman of the Electric Power Research
Institute (EPRI), the power industry’s international research and
Zeltmann’s term on EPRI’s 32-member Board of
Directors, which began in 2001, was also extended for a year. He was
originally nominated to the board by the American Public Power
Association and occupies a seat designated for the public-power sector.
“I look forward to continuing my work with EPRI at
a time of critical importance for the electric power industry in this
country and worldwide,” Zeltmann said. “The challenge of balancing
growing energy needs and environmental concerns has never been greater.
EPRI is uniquely positioned to meet that challenge and to provide major
benefits to the industry and to society.”
EPRI members account for more than 90 percent of the
electricity produced in the United States.
Zeltmann’s tenure as chairman has been marked by a
number of major EPRI initiatives, including programs to create a more
reliable and versatile power transmission system by using advanced
computer technology and to promote coal gasification and other
technologies that will combat global warming.
In his full-time post at the Power Authority, the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, Zeltmann has presided
over various collaborative efforts with EPRI. These have included
installation at the Authority’s Marcy Substation near Utica of a
convertible static compensator, the world’s most advanced device for
controlling voltage and power flows on transmission lines.
The two organizations also worked together to
develop a pioneering system for instantly detecting problems in
generators at hydroelectric plants. They are now participating in a
program to demonstrate DaimlerChrysler’s Sprinter van, a hybrid utility
vehicle that will plug into the power grid and will use electricity to
run, emission-free, for up to 20 miles between battery charges.
In addition to serving as EPRI chairman, Zeltmann is
co-chairman of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and vice
chairman of the Large Public Power Council, an organization of the
nation’s largest public power utilities.
Zeltmann came to the Power Authority in 1997 as
president and chief operating officer and was named to his current
position in 2002. He previously had been appointed in 1995 by Gov.
George E. Pataki to serve as a commissioner of the New York State Public
Service Commission and was named the PSC’s deputy chairman the following
In more than 25 years as an executive with the
General Electric Co., Zeltmann served in senior management positions
related to energy and environmental trade issues, market-development and
communications programs, and operational and environmental planning.
He graduated with honors from Beloit College and
earned a master of arts degree and doctorate from Johns Hopkins
University in physical chemistry.
Zeltmann and his wife, Susan, have two children,
Laura and John, and live in Clifton Park, N.Y.