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SUNY COBLESKILL WOMEN’S SOCCER LOSES 7-0 DECISION TO HUSSON UNIVERSITY IN NAC PLAY

Written By Editor on 9/28/22 | 9/28/22

Bangor, Maine: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s soccer team closed out their weekend North Atlantic Conference (NAC) road trip to Maine on Sunday afternoon by dropping a 7-0 decision to the Eagles of Husson University in conference play. With the loss the Fighting Tigers are now 1-5-2 overall on the season with a 0-2-1 mark versus NAC opponents while the Eagles improve to 4-5 overall with a perfect 3-0 record in league action.  

The Fighting Tiger defense received quite the workout in the contest as the Eagles fired 79 shots on the afternoon and despite the goalie tandem of first-year Brianna Rogers, Canton, N.Y., Hugh C. Williams High School, recording 13 saves on the afternoon and sophomore Annie Canales, North Adams, Mass., Hoosac Valley High School, recording 22 saves in a relief role, it was not enough to keep the visitors within striking distance.  

Cobleskill will return to action on Wednesday September 28 when they travel to Albany, N.Y. for a non-conference meeting with the Panthers of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with kick-off slated for 6:00 p.m.  


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Audubon Announces Annual Bird Seed Sale Fundraiser

Pre-orders accepted now through October 23.
By: Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society

For more information contact:
Susan O'Handley, Publicity Chairperson, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Oneonta, NY; (607) 643-5680; info@doas.us

[ONEONTA, NY; REGIONAL]  The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Fall Bird Seed Sale Fundraiser is your opportunity to buy quality bird seed and help support DOAS programs at the same time! Proceeds from this sale support speaker fees for meetings, field trips, programs and special events throughout the year, as well as youth summer programs and the Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch.

We encourage you to stock up for the winter months ahead. Thank you for supporting DOAS!

Orders are now in progress for our November 5 Delivery Date.
• ORDER DEADLINE: SUNDAY, October 23, by 5 p.m.
• PRODUCT PICK UP: SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
• PICK UP LOCATION: VP Supply Corp., 69 Country Club Road, Oneonta, NY.
Thank you for supporting DOAS!

Product Information and Online Order Form are available at  https://doas.us/2022-bird-seed-sale/


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SUNY COBLESKILL ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULING WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL GAME VERSUS SUNY CANTON

Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill Athletic Department announced that the Fighting Tigers women’s volleyball team’s North Atlantic Conference (NAC) road game versus SUNY Canton originally scheduled to be played on Saturday October 1 in Canton, N.Y. has been rescheduled due to officials’ availability.   

The Fighting Tigers and Kangaroos have now rescheduled the contest for Friday September 30 with first-serve now scheduled for 6:00 p.m.  

For further information regarding Fighting Tigers athletic teams schedule adjustments please check the athletic program's website at http://fightingtigers.cobleskill.edu 


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Bassett Healthcare Network Named to Forbes Best-in-State Employers List for 2022

Cooperstown, N.Y.  Bassett Healthcare Network has been named to the Forbes list of Best-in-State Employers 2022. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes, renowned American business publication, and Statista, Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

America’s Best-in-State Employers 2022 have been identified based on survey results from approximately 70,000 Americans working for companies in the USA that have more than 500 employees. Across 25 industry sectors, 1,380 employers were ranked among the top employers, including Bassett Healthcare Network.

“Bassett is delighted to be recognized on the Forbes list of Best-in-State Employers 2022,” says Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “We are committed to becoming a national leader in rural health as well as a best place to work and practice. This award reaffirms the important efforts we take every day to prioritize our caregivers and practitioners – they are the heartbeat of our organization and the reason we provide outstanding care to our patients and communities.”

Bassett Healthcare Network has prioritized vast efforts over the past couple of years to improve employee and organizational culture in the wake of COVID-19 and institutional restructuring. The health system has invested nearly 
$50 million in pay increases for its workforce after undertaking a full compensation analysis for its caregivers and practitioners. Additionally, a recent grant from the Scriven Foundation is allocating $82 million to resources for Bassett’s recruitment and retention of clinicians and nurses, which includes expanding benefits, housing, clinical and virtual tools, childcare, educational opportunities, and much more.

In addition to significant compensation and benefit expansion initiatives over the past year, Bassett has responded to increased workplace violence, investing in a 
new security response system at all locations – one of the first health systems in the country to do so – providing nearly all employees with a wearable alert button attached to their ID badges to summon security in emergency situations. This, coupled with a broad public campaign speaking out against caregiver violence, has highlighted Bassett as an employer taking a stand against workplace violence in New York State and nationwide.

Bassett has also been working to build innovative strategic partnerships with 
companies like Optum, which is offering new professional paths for employees while providing Bassett with infrastructure and resources for support services like information technology, analytics, billing, and call center operations. In addition, Bassett’s new collaboration with Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) and longstanding eight decades-long partnership with Columbia University are propelling forward Bassett’s deeply rooted commitment to rural health, fostering opportunities for clinical research professionals. 

The Forbes Best-in-State Employer evaluation was based on direct and indirect recommendations from employees who were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. Employees were also asked to evaluate other employers in their respective industry and state that stood out either positively or negatively.

“This distinction is exciting,” says Christine Pirri, Chief People and Diversity Officer at Bassett Healthcare Network. “Knowing our employees are consistently recommending Bassett as a best place to work is meaningful. The incredible and pioneering work happening across our network every day is being recognized – and this is amazing news not only for the talented caregivers and practitioners who serve our organization, but also for the patients who rely on us for care across Central New York.”


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SUNY Delhi Architecture Students Win 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes in Statewide Design Competition

Kenneth Gray Jr., Anthony Cuchel, and Yesenia Zhingri won a total of $4,750 in cash prizes.

DELHI, NY (09/22/2022) Three SUNY Delhi architecture majors have won the top three prizes in the New York State Mass Timber Design Competition held by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) last spring. The results were announced this month. In the competition, students in architecture, engineering, sustainable design, and other related disciplines from across New York State were asked to design a pavilion or library addition on the SUNY ESF campus using sustainable mass timber construction. SUNY Delhi seniors Kenneth Gray Jr. of Freeport, NY, Anthony Cuchel of Seaford, NY, and Yesenia Zhingri of Cortlandt Manor, NY, took first, second, and third place, respectively, winning a total of $4,750 in cash prizes.

The Delhi students participated in the competition as a senior project for their design studio class in the architectural design and building program. After touring the SUNY ESF campus, they set out to design an open study area addition to the library's two-level concrete structure. According to SUNY ESF, the winning designs were chosen based on "successfully embracing mass timber design strategies and solving multiple challenges including material sourcing, sustainable fabrication and construction methods, and a visual/aesthetic connection of the design to its location."

In his design, first-place winner Kenneth Gray Jr. says he wanted to create levels of study areas that would give the library a biophilic feeling with generous amounts of greenery befitting the environmentally focused campus.

"This was my first architecture competition experience, but hopefully not the last," Gray says. "In addition to the monetary incentive, this was an opportunity to add a cutting-edge feature to my professional portfolio and resume."

Gray credits the architecture program's faculty and small class sizes for SUNY Delhi's exceptional success in the competition: "We have amazing faculty that teach, encourage, and challenge us in our thinking and design work. Our classroom projects are based on working with figurative clients, which gives us a sense of how to work towards a client's goals."

"I'm so proud of all of the students who entered this competition," says SUNY Delhi Architecture Professor Brook Denison who was the instructor for the design studio class. "Mass timber is an important development in our field and will surely be part of their careers as a sustainable alternative for concrete and steel in commercial building. The incredible performance of the Delhi students is a reflection of four years of excellence in education. From construction labs to structural classes, liberal arts education and the design studio sequence, these students were ready to excel in this competition and the results show how well their studies at SUNY Delhi prepared them for this competition."

SUNY Delhi plans to exhibit the students' winning design proposals in the campus architecture gallery later this year.

After graduation from SUNY Delhi in Spring 2022, Kenneth Gray Jr. has been working as a freelance architectural designer and is looking for a permanent position at a firm.

To learn more, visit delhi.edu Professor Brook Denison via email at denisobb@delhi.edu or phone (607) 746-4068.

About SUNY Delhi's Architecture Programs

SUNY Delhi offers an associate degree program in Architectural Technology and a bachelor's degree program in Architectural Design and Building. With a blended approach, SUNY Delhi combines architecture with art, design, technology, and hands-on construction techniques. Students have 24/7 access to newly renovated, state-of-the-art labs and drafting studios and are taught by practicing architects and engineers with extensive work experience.


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Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces Completion of New Digital Education Prototype, A Program of the Jack Warner Gateway to Learning

 

The Free Digital Experience is Designed to Teach the Curriculum and is Being Piloted with Regional Teachers and Students for User Feedback  

 

Catskill, NY – September 28, 2022 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the completion of a new digital education prototype, a program of the Jack Warner Gateway to Learning: Exploring American History Through American Art.  

 

The first adventure module transforms Thomas Cole’s painting, River in the Catskills, 1843, into a digital world that students can enter and navigate. Considered to be the earliest known American oil painting to depict a train, River in the Catskills provides the artistic setting to engage students with diverse historic accounts of Industrialization in the United States and teach school curriculum. Although the painting at first appears to be an idyllic scene, further investigation reveals ideas concerning the kinds of social, environmental, and industrial conflicts that come with the development of a rural area.  

 

Users meet a variety of historic figures with clashing perspectives on land development and make choices that lead to different outcomes. The experience is inspired by documented accounts of historic individuals, including the president of the Canajoharie & Catskill Railroad, Thomas Cooke (1778-1853), and a young Catskill resident, Peter van Vechten Jr. (1827-1913).  

 

The prototype module is web-based and free at https://thomascole.org/exploring-a-river/. This in-progress program is currently being tested in classrooms by regional teachers. If you are a teacher interested in testing the prototype with your students and providing feedback, please get in touch at education@thomascole.org

 

Exploring A River in the Catskills is a program of the Jack Warner Gateway to Learning: Exploring American History Through American Art, produced by The Thomas Cole National Historic Site.  

 

The dialogue text is by the beloved Penguin Random House children’s book author and illustrator, Hudson Talbott. Talbott has written and illustrated more than 20 children’s books, including Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art and We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, which was adapted into an animated film by Steven Spielberg.  

 

Design and production is by AndrĂ©s Laracuentes and Todd Anderson. Laracuentes is an artist and digital designer. He has presented works at venues including White Box and P.S.1 MoMa, and shown in exhibitions in Los Angeles, Florence, Paris, London, and Tokyo. He was featured as panelist at the MIT 5 International Conference, and a visiting artist at Cornell College of Art and Yale School of Art. 

 

The Project Research, Advisory, and Planning Team is Miranda Barry, Kathleen Brousseau, David Bury, Heather Christensen, Anne Comer, Madeline Conley, Lisa Dolan, Lisa Fox Martin, Tracy Fullerton, Jennifer Greim, Adam Grimes, Betsy Jacks, Brooke Krancer, Maeve McCool, Amanda Malmstrom, Kate Menconeri, Mark Mitchell, Jonathan Palmer, Heather Paroubek, Nancy Siegel, Hudson Talbott, Alan Wallach, and Susan Warner.  

 

The program is made possible by the Warner Foundation.  

 

Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and The Bay & Paul Foundations. 

 

Thomas Cole National Historic Site 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is an international destination presenting the original home and studios of the artist and early environmentalist Thomas Cole (1801-1848). Cole founded the major art movement of the United States, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Located on 6 acres in the Hudson Valley, the site includes the 1815 Main House; Cole’s 1839 Old Studio; the reconstructed 1846 New Studio building; and panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. It is a National Historic Landmark and an affiliated area of the National Park System. The Thomas Cole Site’s activities include guided and self-guided tours, special exhibitions of both 19th-century and contemporary art, print publications, lectures, extensive online programs, school programs, the Cole Fellowship, free community events, and innovative public programs such as the Hudson River School Art Trail—a map and website that enable people to visit the places in nature that Cole painted—and the Hudson River Skywalk, a new scenic walkway connecting the Thomas Cole Site with Frederic Church’s Olana over the Hudson River. The goal of all programs at the Thomas Cole Site is to enable visitors to find meaning and inspiration in the full historic context of Thomas Cole’s art and ideas. The themes that Cole explored in his art and writings—such as landscape preservation—are both historic and timely, providing the opportunity to connect to audiences with insights that are highly relevant to their own lives. 

 

Visitor Information 

The hours of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site vary by season. For details see: www.thomascole.org/visit. The grounds are open every day for free from dawn to dusk. Keep in touch on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @thomascolesite.  


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SUNY DELHI ANNOUNCES DEEP WATER AEROBICS SESSION 2 starting on Tuesday, October 25, 2022


 

DELHI, NY - The SUNY Delhi Deep Water Aerobics Class Session 2 will run from Tuesday, October 25, 2022 through Tuesday, December 6, 2022 on Tuesdays and Thursday in the Kunsela Hall pool from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.   All registration forms must be received by the first day of class. Participants will not be allowed in the water without submitting a registration. There will be a charge of $50 per person for 12 sessions or $10 per person, per session. Please make checks payable to SUNY Delhi Swimming Pool, questions call John Kolodziej at 607-746-4263. For more information go to Athletic Web Site.  Please register your car at University Police to get a free parking pass for the semester. 


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Local Audubon Celebrates 55th Year - Dinner Event on Friday, October 21

Keynote Presentation by John C. Robinson, "The Essentials of Birding by Ear"
By: Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society

For more information contact:
Susan O'Handley, Publicity Chairperson, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Oneonta, NY; (607) 643-5680; info@doas.us

[ONEONTA, NY; REGIONAL]  Mark Your Calendars for the 55th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, taking place on Friday, October 21, 2022 starting at 5:30pm at the Quality Inn in Oneonta, NY.  The evening begins at 5:30 with a social hour, followed by The Hills Buffet at 6:15 (menu below), and the program at 7:30. A cash bar will be available. Masks and Covid-19 vaccinations are not required but are strongly recommended. In order to provide patrons with more space, each table will be limited to 6 seats.


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Two Inmates Arrested Following Delaware Co. Jail Assault

Delhi, NY – Today, Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced the arrest of two Federal Inmates at the Delaware County Correctional Facility following an assault within the Delaware County Corrections Facility.  

On Thursday, September 22nd 2022, members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on a report of a Jail Assault that occurred earlier that morning. Investigation revealed that 31-year-old Daquan Dowdell and 45-year-old Rashawn Wynn, both of Syracuse New York, attacked another Inmate by striking the other inmate with closed fists in the face, which caused the serious physical injury.  

At the conclusion of their investigation, members of the Criminal Investigation Division arrested and charged Wynn and Dowdell each with one count of Assault 2nd degree, a class D felony.

Wynn and Dowdell were later arraigned at Hamden Town Court in front of Judge Merrill, and were later released and remanded back to the Delaware County Correctional Facility pending other charges. 


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Skunk Tests Positive for Rabies on Markeley Road in the Town of Seward


A skunk found in the Town of Seward has tested positive for rabies. The skunk was sent to Wadsworth Laboratory for testing and the positive test results were received by Schoharie County Department of Health on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Once infected, rabies is a virus that has a 100% fatality rate in mammals (including humans) when left untreated. The following precautions will help protect your family and pets from rabies

Vaccinate pets! New York State law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. Vaccinating your domestic animal not only provides protection for the animal, but vaccinated pets act as a barrier to keep the rabies virus from spreading between wild animals and people

Vaccination is also recommended for livestock with frequent human contact

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Report any sick or strange acting wildlife

Do not feed wildlife or stray animals and discourage them from seeking food near your home

Do not feed strays. According to Public Health Law, an owner is defined as any person keeping, harboring, or having charge or control of or permitting any dog, cat, or domesticated ferret to remain on or be lodged or fed within such person's house yard or premises. 

Do not approach an unknown animal, either wild or domestic, especially if it is acting in a strange or unusual manner. 

Report all animal bites and any contact with bats to the Health Department in your county. Human rabies can be prevented after exposure by administering a series of shots

Keep garbage cans tightly covered and avoid storing any food outside

Children should be instructed to tell an adult immediately if they were bitten or scratched by any animal

If an unvaccinated pet comes in contact with a wild or domestic animal that may have rabies, the pet must be quarantined for six months, at the expense of the owner

If a vaccinated pet comes in contact with a wild or domestic animal that may have rabies, the pet must be given a booster rabies vaccination within five days of the contact

If you believe that you may have had contact with any rabid animal, suspect a rabid animal, or if you have any other questions, call Schoharie County Public Health at 518-295-8365



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Blacksmith Weekend Returns to The Farmers’ Museum October 1 & 2

Written By Editor on 9/25/22 | 9/25/22

 

 

Event: 

Blacksmith Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2022 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY

$15 adults (13-64), $12.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), and FREE for kids 6 and under, museum members, and those receiving SNAP benefits (up to 4 people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. (Go to farmersmuseum.org/free to see all options.) 

Tickets available at the door on the day of the event.

 

 

 

Cooperstown, New York — Blacksmith Weekend returns to The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Hear the bellows blow and see hot iron worked by hammer. Visitors will find demonstrations of traditional tool and hardware making plus related hands-on activities throughout the museum both days. Blacksmiths working on a number of forges will show the versatility of the blacksmith’s craft. Learn tips and secrets of the trade from knowledgeable staff and visiting blacksmiths.

 

In the Main Barn, view the exhibit Growing Tomorrow’s Farmers which celebrates the role children played on family farms from the 19th century to the present. The exhibit features photographs of several families who live in the region.

 

Entry to the event is included with museum admission: $15 adults (13-64), $12.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), children 6 and younger and museum members are free. Purchase tickets at the museum on the day of the event. Free museum admission is also available for those receiving SNAP benefits (up to 4 people) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Find out about all of the museum’s free admission offers at FarmersMuseum.org/free.

  

Visit Fenimore Art Museum on the same day–located just across the street! Get two great museums for one low price when you purchase a two-way ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the admissions desk of either museum. See Fenimore’s new fall exhibitions featuring The Art of Observation: The Best of Photographer Elliott Erwitt, and othersas well as the Museum’s renowned collections. The museum and Fenimore Gift Shop are open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, N.Y., 13326.


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Six Nights of Ghost Tours in October at The Farmers’ Museum


 

Things That Go Bump in the Night - Ghost Tours

The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY

(6 nights) October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29–with six tours each night beginning at 5:30pm

$17.50 members / $20 non-members. Reservations are required.

Recommended for ages 10 and up as this tour may be too intense for small children. 

Tickets available on Eventbrite.com

 

 

 

Cooperstown, New York — During the most haunting time of the year, dare to experience Things That Go Bump in the Night Ghost Tours at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown on Friday and Saturday evenings: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. Join an eerie lantern-lit tour of the shadowy museum grounds. Hear your guide recount the many mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the 19th-century historic village, as in the tale of a young ghost who roams the rooms of Bump Tavern or the mysterious early morning strikes on the anvil in the Blacksmith Shop. During each tour, be prepared to hold your breath as Michael Henrici brings Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Tell-Tale Heart” to life. Tours run every half-hour from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

 

The event is inspired by Louis C. Jones's classic collection of folk tales, Things That Go Bump in the Night, a timeless record of haunted history and restless spirits in New York State.

 

Ghost tours are held six nights only: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. Tours last one hour, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and running every half-hour through 8:00 p.m. Cost: $17.50 members / $20 non-members. Reservations are required. Tickets available through Eventbrite.com. Recommended for ages 10 and up as this tour may be too intense for small children. Younger children should take the earliest tour if possible. A family may reserve one of our limited time slots. If your family group numbers more than fourteen, please call (607) 547-1456 for booking guidance. The tour moves over uneven ground in the dark. Visitors with potential mobility issues should contact (607) 547-1456 or email d.anderson@farmersmuseum.org in advance to insure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

 

Sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation and Otsego County Government. The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, N.Y., 13326. For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org.


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New York Power Authority, EPRI and GE Announce Results from NYPA Green Hydrogen Demonstration Project

 

Hydrogen Blend Used for Power Generation at New York Power Authority Plant on

Long Island Demonstrated Decreased Carbon Emissions and

Continued Reliability of Thermal Plant Operations

 

Cutting-edge Research Results Advance New York State’s Leadership on

Clean Hydrogen and Provide New Data to Inform State’s

Comprehensive Decarbonization Strategy

 

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today, as part of a comprehensive decarbonization strategy, the results of a first-of-its-kind green hydrogen demonstration project, which showed decreased carbon emissions when using hydrogen blended with natural gas to generate power at the Power Authority’s Brentwood Small Clean Power Plant on Long Island. The demonstration project, led by NYPA in collaboration with EPRI, General Electric and Airgas, an Air Liquide company, is the first retrofit of an existing U.S. natural gas facility that enabled use of hydrogen blended with natural gas to power the plant and generate electricity. NYPA and its industry collaborators demonstrated that the plant was fully operational while safely using the hydrogen blend. The project informs New York and the power industry by demonstrating that hydrogen may be one valuable tool to help decarbonize power generation.
 

“The Power Authority is leading the way in New York by piloting new technologies that can help accelerate New York State’s clean energy transition and inform the power industry so that we can move toward a carbon-free economy,” said New York Power Authority Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll. “Decarbonizing the power sector will require a collaborative, multi-pronged approach, including the use of new technologies and additional renewable power resources. Today, NYPA is pleased to share the results of our hydrogen study with the industry and the public so that our key learnings can help illuminate future decarbonization efforts.”

 

While NYPA and other power companies already use hydrogen for equipment cooling, this project marks the first time it was tested as a fuel blend for use in electricity generation at a NYPA generator. In July 2021, the State of New York announced its intent to explore the potential role of clean hydrogen. Working with its collaborators, NYPA led a hydrogen fuel demonstration from the fall of 2021 to the spring of 2022, investigating the potential of substituting clean hydrogen—produced using renewable energy, including wind, solar, and hydroelectricity—for a portion of the natural gas used to fuel NYPA’s Brentwood Power Station in Suffolk County on Long Island. Under the project, NYPA demonstrated power generation utilizing blends of 5%-40% hydrogen with natural gas to identify and document any resulting impacts on GE’s LM-6000 combustion turbine engine and the unit’s operation. The project found that carbon emissions decreased as the amount of hydrogen increased.

In addition, at steady state conditions, the exhaust stack NOx, CO, and ammonia slip levels showed that emissions could be maintained below the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Title V Regulatory Permit using the existing post-combustion emissions reduction systems, with no known detrimental effects on the gas turbine operations. This result could prove consequential for power plant operators to begin testing and using hydrogen fuels—aiming to lower a facilities’ carbon output—with minimal or no required modifications to plant systems.

 

“EPRI and the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative are accelerating deployment of a full portfolio of clean energy technologies to support a net-zero future," said Neva Espinoza, EPRI Vice President of Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources. “As industry and government seek innovative energy solutions, NYPA’s hydrogen blending demonstration is uncovering new insights with implications well beyond New York.”

“As the most-experienced gas turbine equipment manufacturer with hydrogen and similar low-BTU fuels, GE is proud to collaborate with NYPA, EPRI, and many others to deliver this important demonstration project,” said Eric Gray, President & CEO, GE Gas Power. “Efforts like the Green Hydrogen Demonstration Project are vital to validate the important role that hydrogen can play in lowering carbon emissions from power generation while also providing reliable and affordable power.”

 

NYPA Green Hydrogen Demonstration Project – Reducing Carbon Emissions

 

NYPA collaborated with General Electric, the gas turbine equipment manufacturer which has significant experience with hydrogen and similar low-BTU fuels. GE assisted in the building of the state-of-the art hydrogen/natural gas blending system. EPRI’s Low-Carbon Resources Initiative helped design the project and served as advisors on the technical evaluation. Airgas supplied the renewable hydrogen for the testing. Sargent & Lundy was the original architect engineer of the Brentwood plant and provided engineering expertise as well as safety reviews, and Fresh Meadow Power developed the piping system that delivered the hydrogen to the GE-designed mixing skid and, ultimately, into the turbine. This cutting-edge research provides critical insights into the potential for blending clean hydrogen and natural gas, which is one potential use among many possible uses for clean hydrogen. This data provides more information to support continued broad and inclusive discussions about the future of clean hydrogen in New York and across the northeast region that will leverage the state’s commitment to achieving a zero-emissions electric grid and the area’s unique geographies and abundant renewable resources.

 

Specific key findings included:

 

  • Reduced CO2 emissions - CO2 (carbon dioxide) mass emission rates (ton/hr) decreased as hydrogen fuel percentages increased, following expected trends. At 47 MWg (megawatt gross), CO2 mass emission rates were reduced by approximately 14% when using 35% hydrogen cofiring.

  • Regulatory compliance - At steady water injection conditions, other emissions including NOx (nitrogen oxides), CO (carbon monoxide), and ammonia levels were maintained below regulatory operating permit limits, using the existing SCR (selective catalytic reduction) and CO catalyst post-combustion control systems.

 

  • Reliable operation, asset integrity - Engine control was stable throughout the duration of the test and combustion equipment was in good condition before, during and after the test.

 

A summary of the project report is available here and the full technical report is available for purchase on EPRI’s website here.

 

“Airgas, an Air Liquide company, is very proud to lend our expertise in sustainable gas solutions – including renewable hydrogen – to support our customers as they develop new ways to meet climate goals and invent a cleaner, safer, more reliable energy market,” said Marcelo Fioranelli, Airgas CEO and Vice President, Air Liquide Group. “Airgas and Air Liquide share a similar commitment of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and are excited to see how hydrogen can be a strong, reliable driver of the energy transition in the power and energy sector.”

The project aligned with NYPA’s strategic VISION2030 priority to decarbonize its natural gas plants and was designed to test and demonstrate the feasibility of using new low-to-zero carbon technologies to help achieve zero-carbon emissions by 2035 (NYPA’s goal) and informs the state’s goal to have a 100% zero emission electricity sector by 2040. New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA or the Climate Act) calls for an orderly and just transition to clean energy and economy-wide carbon neutrality. From new energy storage initiatives to expanding and upgrading transmission to piloting hydrogen use for generation, considerable progress is being made to transform New York’s power system to catalyze a clean energy economy.

 

The report details several of the challenges that would prevent ongoing plant operation using the blend, including volume of hydrogen required, little industry experience with blending, and restrictive code requirements.

 

Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “As New York transitions to a clean energy economy, we are seeking to understand and explore all resources that may be available to lower emissions, especially in communities historically impacted by fossil fuel pollution, and decarbonize the power grid. Supporting innovation and studying hydrogen blending through demonstration projects like this is another example of Governor Hochul’s commitment to keeping us on the cutting edge of evolving solutions that will complement and enhance our comprehensive efforts to reach a zero-emission future. These research results provide insight and data that will inform our discussions and help advance our shared goals for a just and equitable clean energy transition.

 

Michael Cusick, Chairman, Assembly Energy Committee said, “Decarbonizing the power sector will require the use of new tools and technologies, and this green hydrogen demonstration project provides important information that will inform our clean energy transition. This report provides key takeaways to help guide the industry’s future decision-making as we plan for using technologies that will help us lower the state’s carbon footprint.”

 

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “New York is leading the path to reducing carbon emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy. We are looking at all ways to decarbonize our environment and have a sustainable future. Low-carbon fuels may be part of the solution and this latest demonstration here in Suffolk County can help us as we make plans for our energy system to continue to meet the demand for electricity while we move toward net-zero emissions by 2050.”

 

New York State's Nation-Leading Climate Plan
New York State's nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on a path to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York's unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy including over $35 billion in 120 large-scale renewable and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions, $1.8 billion to scale up solar, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Combined, these investments are supporting nearly 158,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector in 2020, a 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011 and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advance progress towards the state's 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy savings.

 

About NYPA

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 80 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, FacebookInstagramTumblr and LinkedIn.


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