The Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship has awarded $25,000 to 22 graduating seniors from Bellport, Longwood and Patchogue-Medford High Schools for their continued education in science, engineering or environmental studies
YAPHANK, NYÂ June 16, 2017Â Â Â Caithness Long Island, LLC, today announced that it has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 22 seniors graduating from Bellport, Longwood and Patchogue-Medford high schools. Since its establishment in 2007, the Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship program has granted a total of $300,000 in financial assistance to 253 students at the three high schools, which are near the Caithness Long Island Energy Center, a 350-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power station in Yaphank.
Caithness presented the scholarships at the seniors’ award ceremonies at the three high schools. Students receiving the scholarships from Caithness were selected by their schools based on their academic achievements, and their intent to further their education, at the college level, in science, engineering or environmental studies.
Caithness is pleased to continue our longstanding commitment to education by providing financial assistance to the graduates of Bellport, Longwood and Patchogue-Medford high schools who plan on careers in science, engineering or the environment, said Ross D. Ain, President, Caithness Long Island, LLC. We at Caithness extend our very best wishes to the Classes of 2017 for continued academic success.
The Caithness Long Island Energy Center is Long Island’s cleanest, most energy-efficient and water-conserving plant. The plant utilizes state-of-the-art combined-cycle power generation and advanced air-cooled technology and generates more than 20 percent of Long Island’s power.
Since commencing operations in 2009, the Caithness Long Island Energy Center has substantially decreased the region’s carbon footprint. Because it operates in a highly efficient manner, Caithness has replaced older power-generating units that used far more fuel, and, because it burns considerably less fuel, greenhouse gas emissions have been significantly reduced. Caithness has cut regional carbon dioxide emissions by three million tons in its first seven years of operation.
Caithness’s scale of operating efficiency has saved LIPA’s ratepayers more than $500 million in fuel costs and taxes, and has resulted in the retiring of older plants that were no longer needed. It has created hundreds of construction jobs, and will contribute more than $400 million in direct economic benefits to the Town of Brookhaven and Long Island in general during its 20-year agreement with LIPA.
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, nonprofit groups and community-based activities throughout the Town of Brookhaven, and across Long Island.
The Bellport and Longwood High School scholarships were presented by Caithness employee and graduate of Longwood High School, John Wanalista. The Patchogue-Medford scholarships were presented by Gregory Keough, an employee at the Caithness Long Island Energy Center whose four sons attended school in the district and graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School.
The recipients of the 2017 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships from Bellport High School’s Class of 2017 are: Edgardo Franco, Jr.; Bryan Gomez; Charles Olsen; Hannah Pokorny; and Abigail Veitch.
Longwood High School graduating students receiving the 2017 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships are: Noor Hamdan; Jewel Mercado; Maciej Wlodek; Albert Black II; Morringhan Moran; Kaitlyn Pyatt; Taylor Pressley; Adrian Rojo; and Savannah Henriksen.
Graduating seniors receiving the 2017 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships from Patchogue-Medford High School are: Melissa Bozok; Emily Ferrari; Deanna Gubitosi; Arham Iqbal; Aja Lapine; Janelle Miller; Shivani Patel; and William Wallace.
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 atÂ www.caithnesslongisland.com.
Contact:Â Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.