New York Power Authority
The New York Power Authority (NYPA), officially the Power Authority of the State of New York (PASNY), is a New York State public benefit corporation and the largest state-owned power organization in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. NYPA provides some of the lowest-cost electricity
Electricity is a general term encompassing a variety of phenomena resulting from the presence and flow of electric charge. These include many easily recognizable phenomena, such as lightning, static electricity, and the flow of electrical current in an electrical wire...

 in New York State, operating 17 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. It is based in White Plains
White Plains, New York
White Plains is a city and the county seat of Westchester County, New York, United States. It is located in south-central Westchester, about east of the Hudson River and northwest of Long Island Sound...


The New York Power Authority sells electric power to government agencies, community-owned electric systems and rural electric cooperatives, companies, private utilities for resale (without profit) to their customers, and to neighboring states, under federal requirements.

Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt , also known by his initials, FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war...

 established New York's model for public power through legislation signed in 1931 This effort to secure public control of New York's hydropower
Hydropower, hydraulic power, hydrokinetic power or water power is power that is derived from the force or energy of falling water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes. Since ancient times, hydropower has been used for irrigation and the operation of various mechanical devices, such as...

 resources was the result of a bipartisan effort that began with Governor Charles Evans Hughes
Charles Evans Hughes
Charles Evans Hughes, Sr. was an American statesman, lawyer and Republican politician from New York. He served as the 36th Governor of New York , Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States , United States Secretary of State , a judge on the Court of International Justice , and...

 in 1907.

NYPA operates hydro-electric complexes at the Niagara Power Project on the Niagara River
Niagara River
The Niagara River flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It forms part of the border between the Province of Ontario in Canada and New York State in the United States. There are differing theories as to the origin of the name of the river...

, the St. Lawrence-FDR Project on the St. Lawrence River and the Blenhein-Gilboa pumped-storage hydro plant in the Catskill Mountains
Catskill Mountains
The Catskill Mountains, an area in New York State northwest of New York City and southwest of Albany, are a mature dissected plateau, an uplifted region that was subsequently eroded into sharp relief. They are an eastward continuation, and the highest representation, of the Allegheny Plateau...

, producing a total of 4.2 million kilowatts of electricity. Each has a visitor center open to the public.

In November 2000, Entergy Corporation purchased the Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick Nuclear Generating Station
The James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant is located in the Town of Scriba, near Oswego, New York, on the southeast shore of Lake Ontario. The nuclear power plant has one General Electric boiling water reactor...

 and Indian Point
Indian Point Energy Center
Indian Point Energy Center is a three-unit nuclear power plant station located in Buchanan, New York just south of Peekskill. It sits on the east bank of the Hudson River, 38 miles north of New York City...

 Unit 3 nuclear power plants from NYPA.
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