NYPA Press Release

N.Y. State Department of Labor Recognizes Success of N.Y. Power Authority and IBEW Apprentice Training Program During National Apprenticeship Week

For Immediate Release: 11/13/19

Contact:  Maura Balaban | maura.balaban@nypa.gov | (914) 390-8171

Four-Year Apprentice Program Trains Workers for Jobs In New York State’s Clean Energy Economy


NYPA Apprentices Share Their Training Program Stories Here

ALBANY --The New York State Department of Labor today recognized 52 electric workers from the New York Power Authority and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) locals 2104 and 2032 for their participation in a statewide Apprentice Training Program. The clean energy jobs program, now running for two successful years, helps prepare trade and technical workers for jobs in the energy sector supporting Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that puts New York State on a path to carbon neutrality.

The DOL certified the NYPA/IBEW Apprentice Training Program in 2018 and regularly audits the program to ensure it meets the State’s apprentice program certification standards.


As we move our state aggressively toward a carbon-neutral economy, we need qualified, trained professionals who understand their integral role in realizing Governor Cuomo’s vision for a cleaner and greener energy sector,” said Roberta Reardon, NYS Department of Labor Commissioner. “This NYPA/IBEW registered apprenticeship program is training our current and future workforce and I am incredibly proud of each participant in this innovative apprenticeship program.”

The DOL apprenticeship program certification followed several years of coordinated efforts by NYPA management and its unionized labor force from the IBEW locals to bolster training and meet state certification criteria. The DOL certification covers training programs for mechanics, electricians, and operators at NYPA’s upstate facilities in Marcy, Massena, Niagara Falls and the Schoharie Valley represented by the IBEW.


“It takes a special commitment to build your career and to learn a specialized job like those in the energy sector,” said Anthony J. Picente, NYPA Trustee and Oneida County Executive.  “I’m proud of the men and women who are part of NYPA’s Apprentice Training Program. I applaud their commitment to the program and the efforts of those who worked to make the career dreams of these individuals a reality by working to establish these excellent training programs.”


“The development of NYPA’s Clean Energy Apprentice Training Program is a great success story for New York State, NYPA and the IBEW, but most importantly for the men and women who are giving their all to these apprenticeships each and every day,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “The program reinforces the traditional role of unions as a springboard for career advancement and has been a tremendous benefit to NYPA, ensuring the steady supply of trained, qualified and motivated workers as we work to help realize Governor Cuomo’s vision of a carbon-neutral electric system by 2040.”


“We are proud of the collaborative effort put forward by the NYPA-IBEW Joint Labor Management Committee to accomplish such a monumental endeavor, said William Brown, Jr., business manager, IBEW Local 2023.  “The opportunities created by this program will work to strengthen NYPA’s 2030 vision for a reliable, more resilient energy system.”


Apprenticeships are the traditional career starting point for NYPA’s specialized energy craft workers. The DOL’s certification means that workers who complete one of the approved apprenticeship programs will be awarded a journeyperson card from the state, attesting to that individual’s qualifications and proficiency in their trade discipline.


To learn more about NYPA’s Apprentice Training Program, view the following stories on NYPA’s YouTube channel where NYPA apprentices share their experiences in one-minute interviews.


Electrician Apprentice Brian Seeber - https://youtu.be/UpAbzXVhd3k

Electrician Apprentice Chris Smutz - https://youtu.be/LM0luwUbdPY

Mechanic Apprentice Mark Zieman - https://youtu.be/XB8wLVNLYu0

General Maintenance Apprentice Molly Hopper - https://youtu.be/kvtiCnPgEN8

Electrician Apprentice Brock Murtagh - https://youtu.be/69st0YTdJLQ


Approximately 52 NYPA employees are currently enrolled in the apprentice programs which commence every September. The individuals are at different levels of completing their apprenticeships, depending on when they began the training.


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New York State's Green New Deal   

Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal is the most aggressive climate change program in the nation and puts the state on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy, including power generation, transportation, buildings, industry and agriculture. The Governor's program also establishes a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any state in the nation. The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates several of the Governor's ambitious Green New Deal clean energy targets: installing nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035; six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025 and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030. The CLCPA also calls for an orderly and just transition to clean energy, creating jobs while spurring a green economy. It builds on New York's unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector and 1,700% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012. The CLCPA also directs New York State's agencies and authorities to work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, and to work toward a goal of investing 40% of clean energy and energy efficiency resources to benefit disadvantaged communities.