N.Y. Power Authority Trustees Approve Further Spending On Security

Michael Saltzman

December 13, 2005   


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Trustees Tuesday approved $15 million in expenditures for the second phase of an ongoing security enhancement program, which is part of the statewide public power utility’s continuing efforts for the safety and security of its generating and transmission facilities and administrative offices.

The Power Authority stepped up those efforts after 9/11, in consultation with the appropriate state and federal agencies, such as the New York State Office of Homeland Security, the New York State Division of State Police, New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to ensure that its facilities are well protected. This corresponded with increased investments under Gov. George E. Pataki for safeguarding the state’s key infrastructure.

Additional physical barriers, perimeter fence and gate modifications, and changes to access control and lighting were among the enhancements under the first phase of NYPA’s security enhancement program, for $13 million in expenditures. The second phase augments those measures with further redundancies, as the Power Authority continues to bolster its security systems in 2006 and 2007, and assesses the benefits of additional improvements.


 About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 17 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■ NYPA uses no tax money and no state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and earns revenue from proceeds of its operations, which stems largely from the sale of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.