SYRACUSE, NY, May 1, 2003 — Reliant Energy’s Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P. is the recipient of the National Hydropower Association’s (NHA) first-ever President’s Award, presented recently during the NHA National Conference.
The award recognizes the leadership, vision and courage shown during the redevelopment of Reliant’s Oswegatchie Hydroelectric Power Plant located in Oswegatchie, New York.
David Youlen, Reliant’s managing director hydroelectric generation, accepted the award on behalf of Reliant at NHA’s conference held in early April in Washington, D.C. During the bestowal, John Suloway, president of Washington-based NHA said, “It is with great pleasure that the NHA presents this very first President’s Award. Reliant exhibited outstanding leadership on behalf of the hydropower industry through its vision, innovation and guts in the challenging undertaking of redeveloping an inoperable 1913 plant. And they accomplished this in just under 13 months, which is a remarkable achievement!”
In September 2002, Reliant completed a major upgrade at the Oswegatchie site. The hydropower plant originally consisted of a wooden powerhouse and a wooden flume. It had been out of service since 1992 when a flume wall collapsed.
“The $3.3 million upgrade boosts the rated capacity of the plant to 2 megawatts. By comparison, the original plant had a capacity of only 0.8 megawatt,” Youlen stated. “The Oswegatchie upgrade increases the amount of ‘green’ power available to the state of New York. This is significant in light of New York Governor George Pataki’s recently announced plan to increase the green energy supply to 25 percent over the next ten years. This project also helps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”
“Reliant’s Oswegatchie hydro redevelopment project is a shining example that pioneers a new course for the industry, and shows to both industry and policy makers alike, that hydropower is, and can be, an important tool in our national energy strategy,” Suloway concluded.
The NHA President’s Award is not intended to be presented yearly, but rather will be bestowed to a deserving company within the hydroelectric industry as determined by the NHA board of directors, or its designated committee. Criteria for this award includes:
• Exemplary leadership;
• The foresight to establish a new vision;
• Skill at forging new paths;
• The willingness to take risks;
• Skill and perseverance in overcoming major obstacles;
• A propensity to develop and use creative solutions;
• Dedication to, and the preservation and the promotion of, the value and benefits of hydropower; and
• A sense of responsibility as ambassadors on behalf of the hydro industry.
Reliant owns and operates 73 hydro facilities in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland with a total operating capacity of 719 megawatts from 172 hydro generating units.
Reliant Resources (NYSE: RRI), based in Houston, Texas, provides electricity and energy services to wholesale and retail customers in the U.S. and Europe, marketing those services under the Reliant Energy brand name. The company has approximately 22,000 megawatts of power generation capacity in operation, under construction or under contract in the U.S. and nearly 3,500 megawatts of power generation in operation in Western Europe. At the retail level, Reliant provides a complete suite of energy products and services to electricity customers in Texas ranging from residences and small businesses to large commercial, institutional and industrial customers. For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.reliantresources.com.