December 15. 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees today approved contract awards to several businesses, with employees and operations in New York State, to implement energy efficiency projects and to provide engineering, licensing implementation and information technology services. The action by the trustees is in the continuing support of Governor Cuomo's initiatives to invest in critical infrastructure, such as NYPA’s large generating facilities in Western and Northern New York, and contribute to catalyzing job creation, through these and other NYPA efforts, throughout New York State.
“The Power Authority continues to support the state’s economy through the purchase of goods and services from companies with jobs and facilities in New York State,” said Patricia Leto, vice president for Procurement, NYPA. “NYPA expends millions of dollars a year from the competitive award of contracts to businesses with a presence in New York, contributing to the significant role NYPA plays in the state’s electric power industry, economy and environment.”
The latest contracts awarded result from competitive processes for obtaining the lowest-priced bids from qualified companies, in response to Requests for Proposals posted on the Power Authority’s Procurement website and/or notices in the New York State Contract Reporter. Of all contracts awarded in 2010, excluding fuel purchases and low value contracts, NYPA awarded more than $190 million in contracts for construction, equipment, services and consulting, to businesses with employees and offices or facilities in New York State.
The Power Authority trustees authorized contracts for data center energy services work to several companies, including:
- Willdan Group, Inc.,Manhattan.
- Wendel Companies, Smithtown, in collaboration with The LiRo Group, Ltd, Syosset.
- SourceOne, Inc., Manhattan.
These firms, in addition to one out-of-state firm, will share a total of $30 million for the award of five-year contracts in support of NYPA’s energy efficiency efforts on behalf of its electric customers. Specifically, these firms will provide program management and implementation services for data center energy services projects installed at NYPA customer locations, in connection with NYPA’s Energy Services Program.
The companies will be responsible for complete turn-key data center energy efficiency technical services, including on-site screening, feasibility audit development, design, construction management and installation of energy efficiency projects. They will identify gaps in infrastructure, recommend energy efficiency improvements and implement measures. All of the companies, whether in- or out-of-state, will employ installers from New York State for project implementation.
The energy services projects and services will be conducted primarily in the five boroughs of New York City, and Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Suffolk and Nassau counties; however, projects throughout the state are expected. Since the late 1980s, NYPA has financed more than $1.5 billion in energy efficiency projects, at public facilities throughout the state, that have achieved an estimated $135 million in annual energy cost savings paid by taxpayers.
Other contracts awarded today by the NYPA trustees to businesses with employees and offices or facilities in New York State include:
- Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, PC,of Utica—awarded a $5 million contract, for up to five years, to provide for compliance and implementation services in fulfillment of NYPA commitments in its relicensing agreements for the Niagara Power Project. The services include environmental habitat improvement and recreational enhancement projects in the vicinity of the Niagara project and the Niagara River basin.
- Metro Tech Consulting Services, Inc., of New York City and NPTS, Inc. of Buffalo— two New York State-certified Minority/Woman-owned Business Enterprises—will share with two out-of state firms in the award of five-year contracts for a total of $20 million for temporary engineering services to support NYPA initiatives, including its ongoing Life Extension and Modernization programs at the Niagara project’s Lewiston Pumped-Generating Plant in Lewiston and the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project in Massena. These firms will provide such services as engineering calculations; review of design drawings; preparation of procedures, schedules and purchasing specifications; and construction supervision.
- Hudson Technologies Company,of Pearl River and Stony Point—awarded a $2.5 million, five-year contract to provide for refrigerant recovery and evacuation services for the inlet chiller system, which is critical to the efficient operation of the Power Authority’s 500-MW Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Astoria, Queens.
- TCE Systems, Inc., of Astoria, a New York State-certified Minority/Woman-owned Business Enterprise—will share with another out-of-state firm in the award of a three-year contract for an aggregate amount of $300,000 for the services of temporary engineering personnel specializing in radio frequency technology and microwave communications, to support NYPA’s information technology initiatives.
- RFJ Insulation Contractor, Inc., of Brightwaters—awarded a $240,000 five-year contract for services related to the installation and repair of insulation at NYPA’s Richard M. Flynn Power Plant in Suffolk County and its small clean power plants in New York City and on Long Island.
■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.