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St. Lawrence County Economic Development Power

At a Glance

Status

concluded

Agency

Local Development Corporation , St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency

On August 28, 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the contract authorizing a power supply contract between the New York Power Authority and the Massena Electric Department, making available up to 20 megawatts (MW) of low-cost hydropower to help support economic development and job growth in St. Lawrence County. The power
contract extends to September 2025. The Town of Massena Electric Department (MED) will be authorized to make allocations from the 20 MW of hydropower—known as “St. Lawrence County Economic Development Power”—after consultation with the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency (RVRDA), the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency Local Development Corporation (SLCIDA-LDC), and the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.
The proposed power allocations are then subject to review by the NYPA trustees for approval. The power, from NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena will be sold to MED at cost-
based rates, with the power resold to the qualified end users at no mark-up beyond costs incurred by MED. The power will be drawn from hydropower previously sold to out-of-state users and redirected to New York State during the 2003 federal relicensing of the St. Lawrence-FDR project.
This power and $16 million in funding provided by NYPA are economic development incentives offered by the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency in partnership with the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency Local Development Corporation.

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