WNYPPAB

Western NY Power Proceeds Allocation Board

A portion of the revenue NYPA earns from selling the power generated at the Niagara Power Project goes into a fund to support economic development in the 30-mile zone surrounding the generation plant. The state legislature passed a law creating the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board to monitor the distribution of those funds. The Board solicits and reviews applications makes funding recommendations to the NYPA Board of Trustees. The capital in the Western New York Economic Development Fund results from the net earnings from NYPA's sale of unutilized expansion and replacement power. 

Funded projects support the growth of business in the region, leading to the creation or maintenance of jobs and tax revenues. Examples include:

  • Workforce development
  • Energy-related projects, programs and services
  • Capital investments in buildings, equipment, and infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Land for infrastructure
  • Research and development
  • Support for tourism
  • Appointment & Qualifications

The board shall consist of five members who shall be appointed by the governor as follows: one of whom shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the temporary president of the senate and shall reside within the thirty mile radius of the Niagara power project, one of whom shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the speaker of the assembly and shall reside within the thirty mile radius of the Niagara power project, and at least one additional member who shall also reside within the thirty mile radius of the Niagara power project. The governor shall designate a chair from amongst the board's members.

  • Current Membership

Anthony Colucci III, Chair (Governor appointment)

Deanna Alterio Brennen (Governor appointment)

Brenda Williams McDuffie (Governor appointment)

Dennis Elsenbeck (Governor appointment upon recommendation of Assembly Speaker)

Paul Brown (Governor appointment upon recommendation of Senate President Pro Temp)

  • Compensation

Members of the board, except those that are employees or officers of the state, its authorities or agencies, shall not receive a salary or other compensation, but shall be allowed the necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of duties under this article.

  • Expenses

The Board is not charged for administrative expenses. Expenses are borne by the New York Power Authority.

On meeting day please visit the NYPA.gov homepage to watch live. Simply hit 'View' on the webcasts tile.

Instructions:

1. Download the Preliminary Project Information Worksheet and enter the requested information.

2. Email the completed document to the WNYPPAB staff at PoweringBusiness@NYPA.gov

3. Once reviewed, the WNYPPAB staff will contact applicants with next steps.

Please download a copy of the Guidelines to assist you in completing the Application and understand the key details of the program.

Richard Smith

Senior Director of Economic Development

New York Power Authority

535 Washington Street, Suite 202

Buffalo, NY 14203

Email address: PoweringBusiness@NYPA.gov

Telephone: (716) 842-3234