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15-year hydropower partnership between New York and Canada renewed

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a renewed partnership between the New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation for 15 more years of continued collaboration between the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project in Massena and the R.H. Saunders Generating Station in Cornwall, Ontario.

This partnership ensures the long-term shared management of the Moses-Saunders Power Dam, which spans the St. Lawrence River between Northern New York and Ontario, Canada.

The Joint Agreement signing ceremony took place during today's 60th anniversary celebration of the American and Canadian hydroelectric power projects at the Moses-Saunders Dam.

The Joint Works Agreement outlines the shared responsibilities of the New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation in jointly managing the hydroelectric power dam, including monitoring water flow, implementing maintenance practices and sharing equipment and services.

The renewed agreement helps ensure the continued flow of clean, renewable energy and supports Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy for building a clean, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

More than 70 percent of the electricity the New York Power Authority produces is clean, renewable hydropower, with roughly 30 percent of that coming from the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project.

The project stretches over the St. Lawrence River Valley for more than 30 miles and includes two control dams upstream and 16 turbine-generators. The project also includes thousands of acres of public parkland along the river for recreational enjoyment and wildlife preservation.

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