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Niagara County OKs power allocations for Falls water park, aquarium

A slice of low-cost power will be allotted to the Niagara Daredevil Waterpark, planned by the owners of the Sheraton at the Falls hotel in downtown Niagara Falls.

The County Legislature voted Tuesday to send 320 kilowatts to NFNY Hotel Management through 2020, under the Empower Niagara program, which was set up with the county's 9-megawatt share of the Niagara Power Project when it was relicensed in 2005.

The hotel will pay $17,421 a year for the electricity. The water park already has received tax breaks and grants from county and city agencies.

Also approved for power Tuesday was the Aquarium of Niagara, which will pay $4,083 a year through 2020 for 75 kilowatts earmarked for its planned new $3.5 million Humboldt penguin exhibit.

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