New York Power Authority Spotlights National Energy Awareness Month

Steve Ramsey

September 30, 2010


NORTH BLENHEIM—In recognition of National Energy Awareness Month in October, the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center has organized a Saturday series of educational programs for both adults and children to promote the importance of a clean energy economy.  The programs are designed to educate and inform families on energy efficiency improvements and clean energy choices we can all contribute on behalf of the environment.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center schedule is as follows:

October 2 –    
Adult Program – 11 a.m. - Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Children’s Program – 1:30 p.m. Energy Conservation

October 9 –    
Children’s Program – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Movies & Cartoons on Electrical Safety, Natural Energy &  Energy Conservation

October 16 –  
Adult Program –11 a.m. – Wood Heating
Children’s Program – 1:30 p.m. Garbage and Recycling

October 23 –  
Adult Program – 11 a.m. – Home Energy Audits
Children’s Program – 1:30 p.m. Easy Access to Hard Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy

The Federal Government first initiated American Energy Week in 1981 to begin raising awareness of the need to conserve energy; it was extended to a month-long observance for the Department of Energy in 1986. President Obama reaffirmed the need for increased energy awareness by saying in a proclamation issued last year for Energy Awareness Month that Americans can "mark this month by making clean energy choices that can both rebuild our economy and make it more sustainable.” For more information on National Energy Awareness Month, visit the U.S. Department of Energy website at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/energy_aware.html.
During the events, visitors can also enjoy a wide array of hands-on displays and energy exhibits at  the visitors center, which presents information on the basics of electricity, uses of electricity and the operation of New York’s largest pump-storage hydroelectric power project.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30 in North Blenheim, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. For more information, please call 1-800-724-0309


About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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