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NYPA holding public hearing on power contract Thursday in Massena

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MASSENA —The New York Power Authority will hold a public hearing next week on a proposed contract for the sale of up to 20 megawatts (MW) of low-cost hydropower from NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project to support economic development in St. Lawrence County. The meeting will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Lawrence-FDR’s Frank S. McCullough Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center at 830 Barnhart Island Road in Massena.

The Power Authority will review the public comments following the hearing. Written statements provided to NYPA by May 11 will also become part of the record of the hearing, which was authorized in March (http://www.nypa.gov/Press/2012/120327c.html). The proposed contract will then be submitted to the NYPA Trustees for their approval before going to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for his consideration, as required by New York law.

The proposed contract, which is available for review with the applicable rate information on the NYPA website (www.nypa.gov/trustees/contracts), is with the town of Massena Electric Department (MED).

The Massena Electric Department, which is authorized by New York law to purchase power from NYPA, currently receives nearly 24 megawatts of cost-based hydropower for its retail customers from NYPA’s Niagara Power Project.

A new category of St. Lawrence power would be sold to MED at cost-based rates, with the power resold to the qualified end users at no mark-up beyond costs incurred by MED. The proposed power contract would extend to September 2025. The St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency and St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency would be involved in the review and recommendation process for applications for the low-cost power.

The proposed allotment of power would be drawn from hydropower recaptured from out-of-state users during the federal relicensing in 2003 of the St. Lawrence-FDR project.

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