New York Power Authority Hosts Annual Wildlife Festival and Energy Expo on September 24

Steve Ramsey

September 15, 2011


NORTH BLENHEIM—NORTH BLENHEIM—As the Northern Catskills strive to recover from Tropical Storm Irene, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) offers a diversion for some—and a symbol of a return to normal routine—with its annual Wildlife Festival at the Blenheim-Gilboa (B-G) Power Project Visitors Center.

The Power Authority will host its 26th annual Wildlife Festival on the grounds of the visitors center on Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will also feature the 6th annual Energy Expo, with local vendors providing tips on how to use energy more efficiently at home and on the road. Both the Wildlife Festival and the Energy Expo are admission-free.

The Wildlife Festival will feature a petting zoo, the Puppet People, chainsaw demonstrations, bluegrass music, face painting, balloon sculptures, arts and crafts exhibits and more.

At the Energy Expo, visitors can learn how to reduce energy use from professionals specializing in energy-efficiency solutions. Information on low-cost financing to install energy-saving products in homes and businesses will be available.

Attendees can also enjoy the wide array of hands-on exhibits at the admission-free B-G visitors center that present information on themes such as the basics of electricity, uses of electricity, and the operation of New York’s largest pumped-storage electric power project.

The Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center is located 17 miles south of Middleburgh on Route 30 and 50 miles southwest of Albany.

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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