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robotLewiston – It’s called a robotic crawler, but there’s nothing creepy about it...

On Wednesday, July 17, a lawnmower-sized device moved slowly along the vertical surface of the Niagara plant’s main power dam - sticking to the concrete through vacuum suction in a live demo of a robot that incorporates sound wave technology!

The demonstration, which took place along the vertical exterior of the main generating facility at the Niagara plant, is part of broader research that the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is conducting on concrete aging.

Read full press release and view photo and caption.


Every Day is Earth Day - Most Creative Sculpture Winner! See photos...

Lewiston – We would like to say thank you to all of the visitors who made our “Every Day is Earth Day” celebration on Saturday, April 27, at the Power Vista such a wonderful event. The fun-filled day was complete with activities, art and entertainment. We had a record number of guests participate in the sculpture contest – a feature event with prizes awarded to Most Creative, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! See photos...

Throughout the day visitors enjoyed the music of the Solar Punch rock band, free rides on the Niagara Scenic Trolley between the Power Vista and Gorge Discovery Center, face painting by the YMCA of Lockport’s Teen Leaders Club, a visit by the Buffalo Zoomobile, crafts presented by the State Parks’ Interpretive Center and more!


The Power Vista commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation

Lewiston – This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Power Vista honored the special milestone throughout February. To commemorate the historical moment, the Power Vista’s Black History Month exhibit featured artwork and projects from local students of the Lewiston-Porter Primary Education Center and Niagara Falls High School.

The display also included reproductions of historic photos about the Emancipation Proclamation from the Library of Congress and images of the Cataract House in the City of Niagara Falls from the Niagara Falls Public Library. More...


Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA at Maid of the Mist signing ceremony

Lewiston – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and James Glynn, chairman and CEO of the Maid of the Mist Corp., signed a ceremonial agreement on Dec. 4, for the Maid of the Mist to invest $32 million to make the former Schoellkopf Power Station site suitable for the winter storage and maintenance of its Niagara Falls tour boats. Attendees included Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of the New York Power Authority (seen here), Christopher Glynn, president of the Maid of the Mist, Senator George Maziarz, and Rose Harvey, commissioner, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The signing ceremony took place at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. More...

Lewiston – October was Energy Awareness Month at the Power Vista. The Niagara Power Project Power Vista hosted family-friendly "Energy Awareness Activities" and presentations throughout the month, including "Timon & Pumbaa" and "Louie the Lightning Bug" movie shorts on electrical safety, a "Basics of Electricity" show, a "Bill Nye the Science Guy" film explaining the benefits of renewable energy, and kids even got to assemble their own model wind turbine! For the adults there was an abundance of information on alternative energy options, expert tips on how best to prepare the home for winter with simple strategies, and sessions exploring the benefits of a free or low-cost Home Performance with Energy Star home audit through the state's Green Jobs.

NYPA President and CEO Gil Quiniones addresses groupWorker at Mayer Bros. cider millWest Seneca – Representatives from NYPA and Mayer Bros. Apple Products were joined by Western New York elected officials at the fruit juice producer's cider mill on September 6. The cider mill, along with another Mayer Bros. facility in nearby Barker, is benefiting from lower cost power from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's ReCharge NY (RNY) program. Business and other enterprises began benefiting from the Governor's statewide program this summer, receiving allocations of power in return for job and capital investment commitments.

Mayer Bros. is a family-owned business, established in 1852. It is among the hundreds of employers in the Buffalo-Niagara region and other parts of New York State that receive power under the program. The company has committed to retain 200 jobs and invest $9 million in operation upgrades, in connection with its RNY allocations.

NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Gil C. Quiniones said, "The program has gotten off to a tremendous start and we're looking forward to making additional power allocations in the months ahead." More...


Amazing animals took the spotlight at the 2012 Wildlife FestivalAmazing animals took the spotlight at the 2012 Wildlife FestivalLewiston – There was something for everyone at the Power Vista's 2012 Wildlife Festival! Adults and kids of all ages enjoyed the fun-filled event and got to meet some amazing creatures.

NYPA partnered with the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs to bring in an engaging, exciting array of live animals and environmental exhibits over the weekend of September 22 & 23. Visitors were introduced to Liberty the bald eagle, cold-blooded characters from Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics, and the hairy residents of the primate sanctuary! See more photos from the event!




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