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March 22, 2013

GM engine plant gets grant

Tonawanda News — National Grid doled out a $50,000 grant to General Motors’ Tonawanda engine plant this week that the utility company said will improve the reliability and consistency of the manufacturing company’s electrical supply. 

The funding was part of National Grid’s Power Quality Enhancement Program that will be used specifically to offset the cost of four new capacitor banks at the plant, utilized in the process in delivering electricity. 

Dennis Elsenbeck, regional executive for National Grid, said the new capacitor banks will improve the power quality at General Motors in Tonawanda and increase the reliability of fluent power within the plant, making the new engine lines less susceptible to interruptions when power fluctuations or other disruptions arise. 

“National Grid is committed to the growth and vitality of the companies we service and this is just another example of how we assist a local manufacturer with improving upon their energy needs and services,” Elsenbeck said. “This grant will not just help support power infrastructure upgrades, but will also help assure that the plant remains productive.”

The Power Quality Enhancement Program provides assistance to qualifying businesses and manufacturers in National Grid’s upstate New York service region. The program fund eligible customers for installation of power quality mitigation equipment and services.

“We really appreciate the partnership with National Grid and their grant for $50,000, which helped to fund a project well over $100,000,” said Steve Finch, GM plant manager. “The opportunity to reduce power disruptions is critical to anyone in manufacturing.”

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