NYPA Press Release

NYPA Shares Progress on 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

For Immediate Release: 10/27/21

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22 MWBE Firms added to NYPA Supply Chain

NYPA Reinforces Commitment to 10-Point DEI Plan


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has issued a progress update on its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative as the organization continues to prioritize an inclusive work culture to serve as an example to the nation’s energy industry. The update was shared on October 19 at NYPA’s Board of Trustees meeting. The many DEI efforts underway at NYPA will help build an inclusive, diverse workforce that is poised to expand customer energy products and services in underserved and environmental justice communities, help customers lower utility costs, and meet environmental and sustainability goals. These efforts are in alignment with goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (the Climate Act), the most ambitious clean energy legislation in the nation.


John R. Koelmel, NYPA chairman, said “I am very proud of the many programs NYPA has introduced and invested in to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion company-wide. As we look ahead, we will continue to put our employees first and make an inclusive workplace culture a priority. By building a team that is as diverse as it is dynamic, we will be better suited to address the challenges we face in helping to lead our state’s transition to a clean energy economy.”


NYPA’s Ten-Point DEI plan—which was approved by the NYPA Board of Trustees in 2020—is a comprehensive set of external and internal commitments to build and maintain a diverse and equitable workforce at NYPA. Under the plan, NYPA has reached contract agreements with 25 new diverse suppliers—22 of which are minority and women owned businesses (MWBEs). Additionally, NYPA is allocating $12 million over the next five years to assist in further strengthening MWBEs in the energy industry. NYPA has also committed to investing in programs that advance energy equity in underserved communities, support the participation of MWBEs in the supply chain, and expand efforts to develop, retain, and recruit a workforce of dynamic and diverse contributors.


Justin E. Driscoll, NYPA interim president and CEO, said, “In 2020, NYPA became the first energy organization in the nation to establish a comprehensive action plan to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion across all phases of our operations. We are pleased to report our initial successes of this effort and are looking forward to meeting the new benchmarks we’ve outlined to further support our diverse and talented workforce.”


As part of its DEI community investment strategy, NYPA has partnered with Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) Early College High Schools to bring educational resources to high school students looking to build careers in STEM. The inaugural year of the program had 15 participating high school students from across the state. NYPA also launched the Future Energy Leaders Scholarship, a program to support students from economically disadvantaged communities across New York State.


This fall, NYPA will be launching Pathways—a six-month training program that aims to support historically underrepresented groups by providing professional and career development opportunities for employees within the organization. Participants will engage in cohort learning sessions, peer coaching, skill application assignments, and attend monthly mentor meetings to share progress on their development. 


Nancy Harvey, NYPA chief diversity officer, said, “Every individual plays a critical role in moving the needle on DEI initiatives. Our unique personal perspectives and shared life experiences have the collective power to usher in a new era at NYPA. We are on a journey together to create a more diverse and inclusive NYPA and I am confident our workforce will represent the theme that we are better together more and more as these initiatives take hold and grow.”


Additionally, to support an inclusive workplace, all NYPA employees are encouraged to participate in an array of trainings, through which they learn how to address potential harassment, discrimination, or other forms of unacceptable behavior in the workplace.


Ongoing efforts continue to strengthen NYPA’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)—voluntary, employee-led groups aimed at fostering and encouraging employee engagement. ERGs help NYPA employees develop internal and external partnerships, offer leadership and visibility opportunities, and host employee engagement events. ERGs gather feedback from participating employees and help inform NYPA’s DEI strategy.


NYPA has been recognized for its exemplary achievement in utilizing diverse companies with the 2020 Local Corporation of the Year Award and has been named to Forbes Best Mid-Sized Employers List in 2018, 2019, and 2021. For more information visit NYPA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion web pages on the NYPA website.


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