Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:45 PM
John R. Koelmel, Chairman of the Board of the New York Power Authority, received the Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award from the American Public Power Association. The award recognizes locally elected officials or elected officials who have contributed to the goals of the American Public Power Association.
A press release noted: “Koelmel enabled NYPA to achieve significant operational achievements in 2020 as the Power Authority responded to the safety and health needs of employees and customers throughout the COVID pandemic- 19. NYPA’s board of directors has taken a critical step, led by Koelmel, in approving a program to aid its economic development clients, waiving applicable increases in energy tariffs and demand. In coordination with the APPA, Koelmel also authorized the deployment of the NYPA in Puerto Rico to help restore power after an earthquake in January 2020. ”
In addition, Koelmel and NYPA advocate the adoption of new technologies to improve customer service. In December, thanks to NYPA’s electric mobility programs, the Power Authority completed the northeast’s largest public electric vehicle fast-charging station at JFK International Airport.
NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said, “President Koelmel is a steadfast and guiding force at the helm of the New York Power Authority, passionately driving the vision of a New State. York is thriving and resilient powered by clean energy. Deeply concerned with the mission and future of public power, he provides sound advice and guidance to the leaders of the Power Authority on our state-wide operations, always putting the people of the city first. New York State. In a difficult 2020, his guidance and support has been paramount in dealing with the pandemic while remaining focused on achieving the Power Authority’s long-term goals. “