The New York Power Authority's Board of Trustees recently approved economic development awards to 23 entities that NYPA officials say will support 2,292 jobs across the state — with 870 jobs being newly created — and spur more than $580 million in private capital investments.
Eighteen entities are receiving awards through ReCharge NY energy allocations, while the remaining five are receiving Niagara hydropower allocations and funding awards to enterprises in Western New York.
"These economic development awards will help us secure a promising and robust clean energy future for our state," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "Time and time again, by following the blueprint of our nation-leading climate agenda, we have proven that it is possible to invest in clean energy today and create jobs that will uplift our communities, while establishing a clean energy infrastructure that will benefit future generations of New Yorkers."
NYPA Chairman John R. Koelmel added, "NYPA is supporting some very exciting projects today with these economic development incentives—especially in Western New York—and I'm pleased that we are able to stand with New York businesses and communities as we attempt to turn the page from this crippling pandemic. NYPA hydropower and funding will lead to the creation of 870 jobs today by providing businesses critical financial relief and long-term security as they expand and grow right here in New York."
The approved power allocations of nearly 11,900 kilowatts (kW) of low-cost power under the ReCharge NY program will be directed to 18 companies in the Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Western New York, and on Long Island. The awards directly support nearly 2,100 jobs—732 newly created—and more than $259 million in capital investments.
Included among the awards is a 5,100-kW power allocation to Plug Power, a hydrogen fuel manufacturer, for its expansion project in Monroe County that will create nearly 380 jobs, announced by the governor in January.
ReCharge NY offers power contracts up to seven-years. Half of the power—455 megawatts (MW)—is from NYPA's Niagara and St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt hydroelectric power plants. The remaining 455 MW is lower-cost power bought by NYPA on the wholesale market.
The NYPA board approved three 10-year hydropower allocations from the Niagara Power Project to Western New York businesses:
• Amcor Rigid Packaging USA, a global manufacturer of packaging products across the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and household markets industries, will receive a 1,750-kW hydropower allocation for the investment of nearly $19 million in a new production facility in Cheektowaga in Erie County. The project will lead to the creation of 24 jobs.
• The NYPA board today also approved a 10,000-kW hydropower allocation to Plug Power for its expansion project at the Western New York Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) in the Town of Alabama. Plug Power will be investing $290 million on the construction of a hydrogen fuel production facility and a 450-megawatt electric substation to serve the complex. The NYPA board also approved today $1.5 million in funding for the project from the Western New York Power Proceeds program.
Plug Power has committed to creating 68 jobs at the new production facility, which will produce 45 tons of green hydrogen daily.
• The NYPA board approved a 400-kW hydropower allocation to Pine Pharmaceuticals for the expansion of its manufacturing plant in the Town of Tonawanda. The drug outsourcing company — which moved to the 25,000-square-foot building in the Riverview Solar Technology Park in May 2018 — will be investing $8.6 million to triple the size of the facility and create 40 new jobs and retain its 94 existing jobs. The Governor announced the expansion project earlier this year.
Low-cost Niagara hydropower is available for companies within a 30-mile radius of the Power Authority's Niagara Power Project or businesses in Chautauqua County. Niagara hydropower is linked to tens of thousands of existing jobs in the region.
Western New York Power Proceeds program
The Center for Kashmir received $225,000 to establish a museum at a 100-year-old church in Niagara Falls. The museum will feature more than 600 original Kashmir paintings, etchings, drawings, and artifacts valued at roughly $2 million, representing the largest collection available outside of Kashmir. The church requires a $1.36 million re-design and re-purposing, including precise climate and lighting control and security to protect the valuable displays.