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Ryan announces passage of bill expanding 'ReCharge NY' program to benefit more small businesses

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Tue, Jul 6th 2021 10:00 am

Legislation allocates extra 50 megawatts to New York Power Authority program to help more small businesses and not-for-profit organizations

New York State Sen. Sean Ryan recently announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Ryan’s legislation (S.5992), which increases the amount of low-cost power available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations through the New York Power Authority’s “ReCharge NY” program. The amount of power available through the program has risen from 100 megawatts to 150 megawatts. NYPA had previously allocated the entirety of the 100 megawatts available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The higher statutory cap enacted by Ryan’s legislation will allow more businesses throughout New York to take advantage of the low-cost power provided by the program.

A press release stated, “The ‘Recharge NY’ program, launched in 2011, boosts the state's economy by retaining and creating jobs, and sparking capital investment statewide. The program lowers energy expenses for eligible organizations by providing them with low-cost NYPA power set aside by the state government for economic support. Lowering these organization’s energy expenses creates an economic development benefit that currently supports 680 businesses and non-for-profit organizations throughout New York, including 84 that operate in Western New York.”

To participate in the “ReCharge NY” program, companies must make commitments such as remaining in the state, growing employment, expanding operations, or making significant local investments in their businesses.

Ryan said, “Organizations supported by the ‘ReCharge NY’ program are responsible for more than 23,000 jobs in Western New York. The program is especially helpful to small businesses and nonprofits, who operate on the tightest margins and therefore reap the greatest benefits. Allocating more low-cost power to the program will allow us to assist more local companies and keep more jobs in New York.”

FeedMore WNY President and CEO Tara A. Ellis said, “FeedMore WNY supports Sen. Ryan’s efforts to expand the amount of low-cost power available to nonprofits and small businesses through the ‘ReCharge NY’ program. FeedMore WNY has been fortunate to participate in ‘ReCharge NY’ for the past seven years. In 2020 alone, we were able to save $1,792 on power through the program. The ‘ReCharge NY’ program makes a huge impact on our organization; every dollar saved allows us to provide more nutritious food, friendship and skills training to our Western New York neighbors in need.”

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