New York Power Authority - Hydropower
New York State law reserves a portion of the electricity generated by NYPA’s Niagara and St. Lawrence Power Project for economic development in Western and Northern New York. The hydropower is made available through three programs:
- Replacement Power supplies up to 445 MW in allocations to business and industry within a 30-mile radius of the Niagara Project;
- Expansion Power supplies up to 250 MW to business and industry within a 30-mile radius of the Niagara Power Project, including up to 20 MW for businesses in Chautauqua County)
- Preservation power supplies up to 480 MW to business and industry in Jefferson, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties.
Because NYPA hydropower is some of the least-expensive, emission-free power in the United States, applications are reviewed on a competitive basis to derive the maximum benefit to the state and local economies. The state law governing the programs includes an array of criteria for allocations, including the number of jobs created, the amount of capital investment, company productivity and competitiveness, etc.
Business and industry planning to build new or expand existing facilities, creating new electric load and new jobs must be located within a 30-mile radius of the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston, NY (except for those business in Chautauqua County eligible for a portion of Expansion Power) for Replacement and Expansion Power; or, in the case of Preservation Power, located in Jefferson, Franklin or St. Lawrence county.