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Niagara County extends power allocations for 2 firms

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Legislature has approved extended allocations of low-cost electricity for two companies that already were participating in the county’s Empower Niagara program.

Russell Farms of Newfane received a six-month extension of its use of 100 kilowatts, to expire Oct. 30, and Viatran Corp. of Wheatfield received a three-year extension of its use of 120 kilowatts, to run out Sept. 1, 2018.

The electricity comes from the Niagara Power Project, under terms of the New York Power Authority’s 2005 license to continue operating the plant. The county received a 9-megawatt allocation of power, and set aside some of it to assist local businesses, especially those that aren’t large enough to qualify for a direct power incentive from NYPA.

Viatran will pay $12,500 for its electric allocation this year, and Russell Farms will pay $15.600.