TUPPER LAKE, NY, June 13, 2003 — Reliant Energy’s Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P. recently donated $20,000 to the new Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake, New York. The contribution is in support of the museum’s $20 million capital fundraising campaign.
The museum, which will be situated on a 31-acre site along the Raquette River, will highlight the natural history of the Adirondack region, which contains one of the largest tracts of wild lands in the United States — larger than Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and the Great Smokey Mountains National Parks combined. Construction of the museum is expected to begin no later than the spring and summer of 2004.
“Reliant’s support gives the museum a proven and committed partner with national resources. The company shares our deep belief that improving education, the environment and the economy are a powerful way to invest in the future of the Adirondacks as a place where people and nature can co-exist. We look forward to building a great partnership that stands on those concepts for years to come,” said Donald K. Clifford, Jr., president of the museum’s board of trustees.
“Everyday we work in concert with nature at our hydropower generating plants throughout the state. In fact, Reliant owns and operates 15 hydropower plants downstream of the museum on the Raquette River. These plants, with a capacity of 170 megawatts, generate almost 900,000-megawatt hours of clean, renewable power, further contributing to New York State’s ‘green’ energy base,” said David Youlen, Reliant’s managing director-hydro generation.
Reliant also has 51 recreation locations and more sites under construction throughout New York with 16 of these located on the Raquette River. These sites contain facilities for camping, boat launches, fishing, whitewater, picnic areas and hiking trails.
“Our donation and support of this new museum is yet another way for us to underline our commitment to the environment and communities in which our plants are situated. We also believe that the museum will help nurture a positive view of the Adirondacks through special adult and children’s educational programs, and will ultimately stimulate the economy in this part of the state,” Youlen added.
The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks will be a dynamic education center for the study and presentation of nature in the largest park in the lower 48 states. This state-of-the-art, 35,000-square-foot museum will house a surround-sound movie theater, a 20-foot high waterfall with a live otter exhibit, giant aquariums and live exhibits infused with media shows that explain the wonders of the natural world. It will also include 31 acres of interpreted outdoors exhibits, hiking trails, a waterfront café and museum gift shop. For additional information on the museum visit www.adknature.org.
Through licensee Erie Boulevard Hydropower, Reliant owns and operates 71 hydro facilities in New York with a total operating capacity of 672 megawatts. All of the power from the plants is sold to Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, a National Grid Company.
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 more than 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.