Joe Robach announced that five businesses in region will create an estimated 41 jobs through ReCharge NY power program

Joe Robach announced that five businesses in the Finger Lakes region will create an estimated 41 jobs as a result of low-cost power allocated through the third round of the ReCharge NY power program.

The ReCharge NY program was created in 2011. The program, supported by Joe Robach, is designed to spur economic development in all corners of the state by providing low-cost power to businesses and other entities that agree to create or retain jobs.

The first two rounds of ReCharge NY provided low-cost power allotments to more than 600 businesses and 76 not-for-profit organizations, helping retain nearly 385,000 jobs. The power allocations announced today by the Governor were approved this morning by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees, and are the first allocations from the ReCharge NY program to be tied directly to job creation. Statewide, 38 businesses across New York State will create an estimated 3,200 jobs as a result of low-cost power allocated through the third round of the ReCharge NY power program.

The enactment of the ReCharge NY legislation in 2011 was a major achievement in New York State’s efforts to partner with businesses across the state in the harnessing of its lower-cost power for economic development. Over prior years, a number of efforts had been undertaken in this direction only to fall short. ReCharge New York replaced two existing initiatives—the Power for Jobs (PFJ) and Energy Cost Savings Benefit (ECSB) Programs. Unlike ReCharge New York, those two programs provided for only short-term allocations, limiting their effectiveness as an economic development tool.

The allocations approved today total more than 29 MW and will be drawn from 200 MW specifically reserved for business expansion and attraction under the 910-MW program. One megawatt is enough power for meeting the electricity needs of 800 to 1,000 typical homes. To date, the NYPA trustees have awarded approximately 716 MW of power under the program.

NYPA worked in close consultation with the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Councils to evaluate the ReCharge NY applications to ensure that local economic development strategies were given sufficient weight in the consideration of the applications. In addition to jobs and capital investment commitments, other evaluation criteria included the significance of the cost of electricity to the overall cost of doing business, applicant’s risk of closure or curtailing operations, the significance of the applicant’s facility to the local economy, and its commitment to energy efficiency.

For more information on this jobs initiative, contact the office of Joe Robach.