Second round of Recharge NY power allocations benefit Southern Tier businesses, manufacturers

Thomas F. O'Mara

June 28, 2012

Albany, N.Y., June 28—State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, said today that a number of Southern Tier businesses and manufacturers are among the 161 businesses and other organizations statewide being awarded more than 80 megawatts (MW) of lower-cost economic development power as part of the second round of allocations under the ReCharge New York (RNY) program.

 RNY, a major statewide initiative for retaining and creating jobs and spurring capital investments, was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year.  O'Mara co-sponsored and strongly supported the program's creation.  The program is expected to generate substantial private capital investments and retain approximately 25,000 jobs.  The first allocations were announced in April and O’Mara said that the Southern Tier was the second-highest allocation region outside of New York City.

“These economic development power allocations are vital to maintaining jobs and promoting economic growth and stability in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and throughout upstate.  Many local businesses and manufacturers depend on this lower-cost energy to preserve jobs and stay competitive.  Faced with national economic uncertainty and high energy costs, ReCharge New York gives our employers the long-term economic stability they need and helps strengthen the state’s business climate,” O’Mara said.

Cuomo said, ""Through the NY Works program, we now have a cohesive strategy to leverage resources such as available, low-cost power, allowing businesses to create jobs and make investments in all regions of the state. These power allocations through the ReCharge New York program will provide competitive and reliable energy prices to manufacturers and other key employers, giving them the confidence to invest in their facilities and maintain and increase employment," Governor Cuomo said. "We will continue our aggressive efforts to capitalize on our low-cost power and other economic incentives to attract new businesses to New York and encourage expansion and growth in our state’s existing enterprises."

Below is a list (alphabetically by company) of 2nd Round allocations throughout O’Mara’s 53rd Senate District:

Alstom Transportation Inc., Hornell, Steuben County, 456 kW

Belden Inc., Horseheads, Chemung County, 850 kW

CemeCon Inc., Horseheads, Chemung County, 236 kW

Fortitude Industries Inc., Canisteo, Steuben County, 10 kW

HP Hood LLC, Arkport, Steuben County, 1,100 kW

Kraft Foods Inc., Campbell, Steuben County, 2,486 kW

McWane Inc., Elmira, Chemung County, 5,580 kW

Silicon Carbide Products Inc., Horseheads, Chemung County, 196 kW

The list of 1st Round allocations, previously awarded in April, for O’Mara’s district follows: Anchor Glass Container Corporation, Elmira Heights, Chemung County, 6,630 kW; Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, Chemung County, 910 kW; BinOptics Corporation, Ithaca, Tompkins County, 140 kW; BorgWarner Morse TEC Corporation, Ithaca, Tompkins County, 3,500 kW; Corning, Inc. (3 separate allocations), Corning/Painted Post, Steuben County, 18,412 kW (total); Dresser-Rand, Painted Post, Steuben County, 1,376 kW; Eaton Corporation, Horseheads, Chemung County, 1,216 kW; Hardinge Inc., Elmira, Chemung County, 996 kW; Philips Electronics North America Corp., Bath, Steuben County, 1,716 kW; Schweizer Aircraft Corp., Horseheads, Chemung County, 600 kW; The Gunlocke Company, Wayland, Steuben County, 1,606 kW; Therm, Incorporated, Ithaca, Tompkins County, 336 kW; World Kitchen, LLC, Corning, Steuben County, 6,000 kW.