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The Working River. Jason Stanek Wakana Takahashi School of Law School of Architecture & Planning. Niagara Power Project Robert Moses Power Plant & Lewsiton Pump-Generating Plant. 2,575,000 kilowatt generating capacity 325,000 additional kilowatts will be generated by 2006.

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the working river

The Working River

Jason Stanek Wakana Takahashi

School of Law School of Architecture & Planning

niagara power project robert moses power plant lewsiton pump generating plant
Niagara Power ProjectRobert Moses Power Plant & Lewsiton Pump-Generating Plant
  • 2,575,000 kilowatt generating capacity
  • 325,000 additional kilowatts will be generated by 2006.
low cost hydro power the savior of the local economy
Low Cost Hydro Power The Savior of the Local Economy?
  • Credited with helping to protect 50,000 jobs in Western New York.
  • Is this the key to the redevelopment of the Buffalo-Niagara Region?
nypa power products for wny
Replacement Power

445,000 kilowatt block of power.

Expires in 2006.

Source: Niagara Redevelopment Act (1956)

16 USC §836.

Expansion Power

250,000 kilowatt block of power.

Available within a thirty (30) mile radius from the hydro power facility.

Source: NYS Public Authorities Law Section 1005

NYPA Power Products for WNY
federal energy regulatory commission
Federal EnergyRegulatory Commission
  • “FERC has declared and acknowledged that allocations of hydroelectric power within New York State are of almost exclusive interest to the State and should be appropriately addressed and resolved by New York State.”

Source: 9 NYCRR §4.20 (2001)

  • The reallocation of power is not a issue of concern to FERC during the relicensing process.
  • Any possible changes in the distribution of Niagara-generated power must come from Albany.
legislative action
Legislative Action
  • Local members of the NYS Assembly sponsor bill to amend the Public Authorities Law (1/2001).


  • Increase local share from 250 to 575 megawatts.

Source: NYS Assembly A-2058

approaching an opportunity
Approaching an Opportunity
  • The Relicensing Process is Beginning
  • The Distribution Formula is Ripe for Review
  • Our Region Has a Compelling Case to Keep the Power in Western New York
four steps for job expansion
Four Steps for Job Expansion

1. Identify regional advantages and economic incentives

2. Identify Type of Industries/Businesses

3. Collect Site/Relocation Information

4. Link all information to form strategies to attract industries/businesses by employing “cheap power” as an incubator

step 1 identify regional advantages
Step 1: Identify Regional Advantages

1. Reliable energy/Clean water- Abundant Hydropower from Niagara

2. Well-educated, inexpensive workforce- workforce finished w/high school or more: over 75%

3. Short commuting distance- average 20 min./way

4. Inexpensive housing - Buffalo-Niagara MSA: $84,665/National: $100,583 (1998)

5. Location advantage - proximity to airport, Toronto and waterfront

6. Various economic advantages- Power for Jobs, Empire Zone Program

step 2 identify target industries
Step 2: Identify Target Industries

Identify Target Industries through research on:

  • Electricity-Consuming Industry
  • Target Industries by BNE
  • Target Industries by Green Gold Project
  • Chip Manufacturing Industry
  • Computer Server Farms
  • Help Desk Call Centers
  • Medical Research and Products
  • Professional Support Centers
  • Logistics, Distribution and Trade
  • Technology Intensive Manufacturing
  • Any businesses whose products or services solve environmental problems
step 3 collect relocation information
Step 3: Collect Relocation Information


  • Niagara Mohawk Site Selection Tool
  • WNY Brownfield Site Databook
  • REDD(Regional Economic Development Database)
  • Brownfields Showcase Community Target Sites

Financial Incentives

  • Power for the Jobs program in NYPA
  • Buffalo Niagara Enterprise
  • Various Incentives for Brownfields Development

For Example…2715 Highland Ave.

City Niagara Falls (Niagara)

Total Acreage 3.67 AC

Present Zoning Commercial (C1)

Nearest Interstate I-190 (1.75 miles)

Rail Adjacent – Highland Ave.

Nearest Commercial Airport Niagara Falls International (6 miles)

Assessed Value $46,500.00

Designated Zone Part of parcel: NYS EDZ, Part of Niagara Falls Highland Ave. Redevelopment Plan

Contact Tom Tedesco, 716.286.8834

City of Niagara Falls (EDZ)