Local renewable energy company Northern Power & Light, Inc is working to respond to the threat of coronavirus and its economic impact. “First and foremost, we want to reassure customers that there is no anticipated interruption in electricity production or service as a result of COVID 19,” says Northern Power & Light founder and CEO, Emmett Smith. “But this is also an opportunity for us to show what a local power company can be and support our neighbors through a difficult time.”
Making Hand Sanitizer Available to Medical and Service Workers, General Public
NP&L has partnered with Mountain Spirit Distilling to produce hand sanitizer from locally-made high-purity ethanol. Formulated using a recipe developed by the World Health Organization and approved for production by the FDA, the product is being distributed for free to area medical and emergency services such as CVPH, Citizen Advocates of Saranac Lake, Life Net EMT Helicopter and Bloomingdale Fire Department, community support organizations like St Paul’s Food Pantry and Saranac Lake Meals on Wheels, and local retailers and restaurants such as Nori’s Market, Origin Coffee, and Bitter & Bones. Similar services or businesses that would like to receive NP&L’s free hand sanitizer can contact the company by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hand sanitizer is also being made available to the general public through local retailers. The Village Mercantile in Saranac Lake, Potsdam Food Co-Op, Nature’s Storehouse in Canton, and North Country Food Co-Op in Plattsburgh will be stocking the product as of April 1. Online orders can also be placed through the Village Mercantile Apothecary at villagmerc.com. All proceeds from the sale of hand sanitizer will fund further production and continuing free distribution to local medical and service workers. More information about the project is available at www.npandl.com.
Northern Power & Light customers receive electricity allocations directly from local renewable power producers, including Azure Mountain Power in St Regis Falls, and Sissonville Hydro in Potsdam. This results in a reduction to the customer’s National Grid electricity bill, followed by a direct payment to the local power producer through NP&L. Many North Country residents are facing economic hardship as a result of NY-PAUSE, which has required many local businesses to reduce staff or close their doors. NP&L is offering its customers the opportunity to defer payment of March and April bills without penalty. Customers wishing to take advantage of this program are invited to contact email@example.com.
The North Country has long experience with weather-related emergencies. Hydropower operators such as Azure Mountain Power are used to being on the front lines, managing floods and helping to keep the power on. “Hydroelectric facilities are critical infrastructure, and that makes you sensitive to the needs of the community in a crisis” says CEO Emmett Smith. “Even when the emergency has nothing to do with water or electricity, the first thought is, ‘How do we help our neighbors weather the storm?’ ”