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NYPA Launches 'More Cruisin' Less Fuelin'...No Foolin'!' Campaign to Highlight Fuel-Saving Vacation Destinations

For Further Information:
Lou Paonessa
716--286-6661
lou.paonessa@nypa.gov

July 2, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced its third annual summer travel campaign, “More Cruisin’ Less Fuelin’… No Foolin’!” The program, which will begin this Independence Day (July 4), is designed to encourage regional residents to try fuel-saving vacation travel and learn environmentally conscious energy-saving tips.

Activities start with a trip to NYPA’s Power Vista, the admission-free visitors center at the Niagara Power Project, and continue on to other nearby attractions in beautiful Western New York.

“With gas prices continuing to rise, I think people are looking to see what they can do in their own area and avoid driving to far away destinations,” said Lou Paonessa, community relations representative at the Power Vista. “There is so much to do at the visitors center and the surrounding Niagara region—this is the perfect time for local residents to take advantage of the many hidden gems in their own community.”

Free information bags, including brochures on local family-fun, are available at the visitors center. The information bags also contain a children’s activity book and fact sheets with tips on how to save fuel and use energy-efficient lighting and cooling during the summer season. Later this month there will be “Sweet Ideas” for saving energy offered by way of specially-prepared “Less Fuelin’-More Fortune” Cookies.

The visitors center offers many exciting hands-on exhibits on energy, electricity, history and the environment. A hybrid electric car is on display with information on its gas-saving features.

Through July 11 the Power Vista will also host the 14th annual Niagara Council on Aging Art Exhibit, displaying approximately 40 works of art developed by local senior artists.

During the weekend of August 2 and 3, the Power Vista will celebrate American Family Day and Kids Day with family games and activities dealing with energy related topics each day.

The visitors center will be open as usual each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, please call (315) 764-0226 or visit NYPA on the Web at www.nypa.gov.

  About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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