N.Y. Power Authority to
Co-Sponsor 18th Annual Ecofest
August 31, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority, the nation’s
largest state-owned electric utility, will co-sponsor the 18th
annual ECOFEST on Sunday, Sept. 3 at Lincoln Center. The
multi-faceted, admission-free environmental event is scheduled for
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ECOFEST is designed to promote awareness of urban
and global environmental issues. NYPA will exhibit a hybrid-electric
vehicle, part of its clean-transportation program. A major focus of
ECOFEST, along with conservation of natural resources, is innovative
alternative-energy technologies. NYPA has extensive
energy-efficiency programs in place, as well as projects to
demonstrate solar energy, fuel cells and other new energy sources.
“This is a great event and the Power Authority is
happy to be a co-sponsor,” said Joseph Leary, NYPA’s director of
public and governmental affairs for Southeastern New York. “We look
forward to explaining to city residents some of the benefits that
NYPA contributes to the reliability of the energy grid and how we
have also saved taxpayers money while cutting demand and greenhouse
To date, the Power Authority has invested almost
$550 million in energy efficiency programs at public facilities in
New York City, resulting in annual savings of more than $56 million
to taxpayers and yearly reductions of over a million barrels of oil
and 465,000 tons of greenhouse gases discharged into the atmosphere.
NYPA electricity in the area is used to power state
and municipal buildings, public schools and hospitals, firehouses,
police stations, the Metro-North commuter trains, subways and street
lights and traffic signals.
■ 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 a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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