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The New York Power Authority is seeking independent power producers or private utilities to bid on supplying up to 66,600 kw of electricity as part of Gov. Pataki's Jobs for Power program.

Signed into law July 29, the three-year Jobs for Power program will make available 400,000 kw of low-cost electricity to encourage creation and retention of jobs within the state.

The initial bidding will cover 50 percent of the program's first-year limit of 133,330 kw. The Power Authority will supply the other half through its James A. Fitzpatrick power plant in Oswego County.

Bids are due Nov. 14.

Recipients must must be planning to invest in expansions which create jobs or must be in danger of closing or curtailing operations in the state.

Potential bidders should call (212) 468-6867 for more information; potential power recipients should call (888) 562-7697.

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