NYPA Press Release

NYPA Chairman Receives American Public Power Association's Public Official Award

For Immediate Release: 06/22/21

Contact: Paul DeMichele | paul.demichele@nypa.gov | (914) 390-8186


White Plains—John R. Koelmel, chairman of New York Power Authority Board of Trustees, today received the Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award from the American Public Power Association. The award recognizes elected or appointed local officials who have contributed to the goals of the American Public Power Association.


Chairman Koelmel enabled NYPA to realize significant operational achievements in 2020 as the Power Authority responded to the safety and health needs of employees and customers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. NYPA's board took a critical step, led by Koelmel, approving a relief program for its economic development customers, waiving applicable energy and demand rate increases. In coordination with APPA, Koelmel also authorized NYPA’s deployment to Puerto Rico to help restore power after an earthquake in January 2020.


In addition, Chairman Koelmel and NYPA are advocates for adopting new technologies to improve customer service. In December 2020, through NYPA's e-mobility programs, the Power Authority completed the largest public electric vehicle fast-charging station in the Northeast at JFK International Airport.


Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO, said, “Chairman Koelmel is a steady, guiding force at the helm of the New York Power Authority, passionately driving the vision for a thriving, resilient New York State powered by clean energy. Deeply caring about the mission and future of public power, he provides sage advice and direction to the Power Authority’s leadership on our statewide operations, always putting the people of New York State first. In a challenging 2020, his guidance and support were paramount in navigating the pandemic while also remaining focused on achieving the Power Authority’s long-term goals.”


About NYPA
NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. 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. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.


About APPA

The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. We represent public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. Our association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Our members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power.