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As of July 2014, NYPA has provided over $255 million in benefits to Western New York in support of its operating License for the Niagara Power Project. These benefits include monetary payments to settlement partners consisting of local municipalities, state agencies, an Indian nation, school districts, and committees supporting the development of the Niagara River Greenway. The amount also includes payments by NYPA for the construction of recreational projects and ecological enhancements related to the License. In addition to monetary benefits, 32 MW of low-cost hydropower has been allocated to several settlement partners saving the recipients as much as 75% of the cost of energy.
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We are now in the seventh year of the Niagara Power Project’s new 50-year license, which was renewed by federal officials effective September 1, 2007. This website provides updates on the many activities that NYPA is implementing in Western New York as a result of this new license and provides a forum for community input into the process.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved NYPA’s new Niagara license to ensure that this valuable source of low-cost power for Western New York will continue operating for another half-century with improved environmental protections and recreational benefit provided by the Power Authority.
As part of its relicensing process, NYPA completed an Applicant-Prepared Environmental Assessment for federal and state regulators. The multi-year process also resulted in a comprehensive settlement agreement that addresses a variety of issues among local stakeholders involved with the Niagara project relicensing.
However, there is still much work to be done by the Power Authority and Western New York stakeholders. We invite you to stay current on the latest developments by using this website.
November 19, 2013 - Ground broken on restoration of RiverRock Gardens at Riverside Park, Buffalo (remarks by Carol Sampson, NYPA Community Liaison)
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