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Capacitor Bank Project Improves Power Delivery to New York City

New Athens Generating Co., working with the cooperation of Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc., has completed the installation of capacitors at a Con Edison substation in Westchester County, New York.

The capacitors are part of a project that enhances the delivery of power over the electrical system from the generating stations in the Albany area to New York City. NAGC and upstate utility National Grid have also upgraded relay equipment in 2008 in conjunction with this overall project.

Typically, during hot summer days when power is needed most, the Capital Region generating stations are curtailed since increased congestion on the system reduces the amount of energy transfers from upstate New York, including those in the Capital Region, to the New York City area during the high power demand operating periods.

The overall project with the installed capacitors and relays will help alleviate these curtailments.

"These electrical system upgrades will continue to ensure diversified reliable power in New York that benefits both consumers throughout New York and the power stations in the Capital Region," said Ned Kleinschmidt, chief executive officer of NAGC and MACH Gen LLC, a privately held company with over 2,500 MW of gas-fired generation throughout the United States.

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