—Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship Benefits Students from Bellport, Longwood, and Patchogue-Medford High Schools —
YAPHANK, NY — June 13, 2016 — Caithness Long Island, LLC, has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 25 graduating seniors from Bellport, Longwood, and Patchogue-Medford high schools who will be pursuing college studies in science, engineering or the environment.
Since establishing the Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship in 2007, the company has provided more than $275,000 in financial assistance to 231 students at the three high schools, which are in proximity to the Caithness Long Island Energy Center, a 350-megawatt, natural gas-fired power-generating plant in Yaphank.
The Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship recipients are chosen by their local school districts based on academic achievements, and their interest in furthering their studies in science, engineering or the environment at the college level. The scholarships were presented at senior-awards ceremonies held in June at the three high schools.
“Caithness is pleased to be able to offer financial support to the future generation of scientists, engineers and environmental professionals, and the scholarship program is consistent with our pledge to support education, and the communities in which we operate,” said Ross D. Ain, President, Caithness Long Island, LLC. “All of us at Caithness offer our very best wishes for
the continued academic success of this year’s Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship recipients.”
The Caithness Long Island Energy Center uses high-tech combined-cycle power generation, and advanced air-cooled technology. Generating more than 20 percent of Long Island’s power, the plant, which began commercial operations in August 2009, is the region’s cleanest, most energy-efficient and water-conserving plant. Because of its high efficiency, the Caithness Long Island Energy Center has saved the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) ratepayers more than $256 million in fuel costs, and reduced CO2 emissions by 2.9 million tons, saving ratepayers more than $9.8 million in emissions-credit costs, based upon emissions’ costs LIPA would have incurred had it relied solely upon its existing fleet of Long Island power plants, most of which are several decades old.
In addition to the annual scholarship program, Caithness’s commitment to education includes internships, job-shadowing programs, and plant tours to teach local students about modern-power-generation technology, affording them the opportunity to consider careers in energy, engineering and related fields. Caithness also supports several environmental organizations and nonprofit groups, and a number of community-based activities throughout the Town of Brookhaven and across Long Island.
The recipients of the 2016 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships from Bellport High School’s Class of 2016 are: Erin Berja; Sarah Dunbar; Madison Edelstein; James Jankowski; Rachel Milia; Elena Porcaro; Natissa Scott; and Afra Seemab.
Longwood High School graduating students receiving the 2016 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships are: Jenna Allen; Betty Bruce; Gary Grant; Zachary Johnson; Andrew Kacherski; Meghan Ransford; Carl Schmidt; Yunjie Su; and Jenna Zier.
Graduating seniors receiving the 2016 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships from Patchogue-Medford High School are: Nicole Amato; Sidra Butt; Julia Chan; Chase De Luca; Misael Fuentes; Victoria Lawrence; Trevor Okula; and Michael Olsen.
About Caithness Long Island, LLC
Caithness Long Island, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found at www.caithnesslongisland.com.
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Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.