NYPA to Host Free Guided Snowshoe Hike at Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center on Saturday, January 18
January 7, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM - The visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Plant will play host to a free guided snowshoe hike (weather permitting) on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m.
Intrepid snowshoe hikers are invited to participate in a guided snowshoe walk on the nature trails that connect the visitors center grounds to Mine Kill State Park. The invigorating walk will be conducted by a representative from Mine Kill State Park. The visitors center has a limited number of snowshoes to lend out for the hike, but participants are encouraged to use their own if possible. In the event of inclement weather, please call the visitors center at 800-724-0309, to confirm the hike is still on.
The admission-free visitors center, housed in a refurbished19th-century dairy barn, features interactive exhibits for children and adults on such themes as production and uses of electricity, energy efficiency and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa Plant. The center, located 17 miles south of Middleburgh on Route 30, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ 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 the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.