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NYPA, ONTARIO HYDRO EXPAND COOPERATION

 NYPA, ONTARIO HYDRO EXPAND COOPERATION
 MASSENA, N.Y., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Recalling nearly four decades


of cooperation and friendship between the New York Power Authority and Ontario Hydro, the top executives of the two utilities joined forces Tuesday to formally expand the scope of cooperative efforts.
 Richard M. Flynn, chairman of the Power Authority, and his counterpart at Ontario Hydro, Marc Eliesen, signed a technical agreement to cooperate in areas of energy conservation and other matters of mutual interest.
 Flynn noted that the two utilities have worked together since the 1950s when they jointly constructed the St. Lawrence River power project that spans the international border. He said, "Today's agreement is a kind of power sharing, because in our industry, knowledge is power.
 "Ontario Hydro and the Power Authority have traditionally worked together to make sure that both utilities could provide the best service to their customers," said Eliesen. "The agreement we signed today is a continuation of this tradition."
 The ceremony took place at the Friendship Monument, where Queen Elizabeth II and then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon dedicated the project in 1959. Flynn and Eliesen used the same chairs that the queen and the vice president used.
 The Friendship Monument marks the U.S.-Canadian border at the center of the Robert Moses-Robert H. Saunders Power Dam on the St. Lawrence River. The Moses portion of the dam is the main component of the Power Authority's St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project.
 After the ceremony, Flynn related the long history of cooperation between the Power Authority and Ontario Hydro.
 Citing Winston Churchill's observation that the U.S.-Canadian border is guarded "only by neighborly respect and honorable obligation," Flynn said, "Those words also characterize our longstanding relations with Ontario Hydro, but I'd add one other--'friendship.'"
 He said the friendship began with a handshake between the Power Authority's Robert Moses and Ontario Hydro's Robert Saunders that committed the two utilities to share the cost and to jointly meet the construction schedule of the St. Lawrence project.
 Construction of the $650 million project began in 1954 and was completed in 1959, two years ahead of schedule. Electricity production began in 1958.
 "Almost 6,000 people were involved in building three dams, miles of dikes and all the other work that went into taming the International Rapids of the St. Lawrence for the benefit of citizens on both sides of the border," said Flynn. "Today, we continue working to benefit those residents, including specific efforts with respect to energy conservation--our cleanest and best energy supply source."
 Flynn, Eliesen and senior managers from both utilities met after the ceremony for their first informal exchange of information under the new agreement.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Murphy of New York Power Authority, 212-468-6319/ CO: New York Power Authority; Ontario Hydro ST: New York, Ontario IN: UTI SU:


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