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Verizon data center project to benefit from 25 megawatts of low-cost hydropower

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced that that Verizon has been awarded a low-cost hydropower power allocation of 25 megawatts as an incentive to construct a multi-billion dollar data center in the Town of Somerset.

October 26, 2010
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Investigating National Grid's expenditures, rate hike case

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, today announced that his committee held a successful hearing in Albany today to investigate reports of lavish expenditures and questionable accounting practices at National Grid, which is seeking approval from the Public Service Commission for a $400 million rate hike. 

October 19, 2010
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Public Hearing: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Investigating National Grid’s accounting and expense account practices and its affects on ratepayers

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and TelecommunicationsChair: Senator George D. MaziarzPublic Hearing: Investigating National Grid’s accounting and expense account practices and its affects on ratepayersPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024Media Contact: Adam Tabelski (716) 731-8740ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee Hearing Information


On October 19, 2010, the Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications will hold a public hearing to investigate National Grid’s accounting and expense account practices and its effects on ratepayers. The hearing will take place in Hearing Room A in the Legislative Office Building. An investigation of Public Service Commission records has identified your organization as an interested party in an ongoing Public Service proceeding regarding the rates, charges, rules and regulations of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation for Electric Service. Although oral testimony is by invitation only, the Committee welcomes you to submit written testimony by October 15, 2010. All correspondence should be sent to:

October 4, 2010
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WNY businesses achieve hydropower contract extensions

At their regular scheduled meeting, the NYPA Trustees approved proposed long-term contract extensions for the continued sale of low-cost hydropower from the Niagara Power Project for businesses representing a broad spectrum of the Niagara Frontier’s most important industries. In doing so, the Trustees authorized submittal of the proposed contracts to Gov. David A. Paterson for his consideration. 

The contract extensions, which run from 2013 to 2020 for nearly all the companies, contain new provisions for maximizing the value of the hydropower for the region’s economy in support of jobs, capital investments and tax revenues.

September 28, 2010
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Energy committee to hold hearing on National Grid accounting scandal

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, today expressed great concern over news reports about lavish expenditures at National Grid while the electric company is in the middle of seeking approval for a $400 million rate hike in New York.

September 21, 2010
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Pushing for transparency at the New York Power Authority

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the New York State Senate Energy Committee, has requested the New York Power Authority release key information to the public regarding the Great Lakes Offshore Wind (GLOW) Project.  Specifically, Senator Maziarz is echoing calls that NYPA make known the identities of the five project bidders, the prospective site locations, and other basic details pertaining to the bids.  Today, Senator Maziarz requested this information under the New York State Freedom of Information Law.

August 17, 2010
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Bipartisan coalition calls for action on Power For Jobs reform

Senator George Maziarz and a bipartisan coalition of legislative leaders today called on the Assembly Majority to protect hundreds of thousands of jobs in New York State by passing Energize New York, which would reform and make permanent the State’s low cost power programs (Power for Jobs and the Energy Cost Savings Benefit Program expired June 2nd).

June 29, 2010
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Historic legislation keeps Power Authority monies in Western New York

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S.5783-A) sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) directing that earnings from the sale of unallocated  expansion power and replacement power shall be deposited into a new Western New York Economic Development Fund. 

June 25, 2010
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