New York Power Authority

Long Island High Efficiency Lighting Program

The Authority was created in 1931 to finance, build and operate facilities for generating and transmitting electricity. In 1990, as part of a statewide effort to promote energy conservation, the Authority began to design and install customized lighting at school districts on Long Island. The lighting is designed and installed by contractors under the supervision of the Authority. The lighting effort on Long Island is expected to cost $35 million. We examined the procedures used by the Authority to select the contractors. We found that the Authority selected contractors who were already doing similar work for the Authority in other parts of the State. We believe the contractors should have been selected through competitive procedures. We also recommended that the Authority attempt to hire more contractors from New York Statefor these energy conservation projects. 94-S-25