Friday, November 9, 2007

New York AREA - Strategic Alliance Formed


We are pleased to announce that the Rockland Business Association and New York AREA have forged a strategic alliance to help advocate for the “end user” of our electricity supply.

New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (New York AREA) was formed in the wake of the 2003 blackout which cost New York more than $1 billion in lost economic activity in less than forty-eight hours. Due to the pressing need for an advocacy organization of its type, 17 business and labor groups united with the commitment of making sure New York maintained the electricity needed to meet its ever increasing demand for power.

Today New York AREA is a coalition of more than 150 members united with a broad mission that helps promote issues and policies that will provide New York with an ample supply and efficient distribution of affordable reliable electricity.

New York has some of the fastest rising electricity costs in the nation, including rates that are 66% above the national average. This puts an enormous burden on our manufacturers, small businesses and other entrepreneurs who are trying to compete in a global marketplace.

New York AREA’s broad agenda includes advocating for policies that aid in the development of energy sources to meet the growing demand for power in New York as well as ensuring New York has a sensible and balanced energy portfolio.

“We look forward to working closely with New York AREA over the coming months and years to help foster solutions to our State’s energy crisis that affects so many of our members,” noted Al Samuels, President/CEO.

Rockland Business Association
One Blue Hill Plaza
P.O. Box 1567
Pearl River, NY 10965
Phone: 845-735-2100
Fax: 845-735-2482

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