C.I). "Kapp" Rappleyea, I tit chairman and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority, was talking about the future of electrical energy in New York state during a conference Friday at the Convention and Civic Center.

'.'We might like to believe that KM) years ago, people were very confident about the future and the wonders of new electric technology," Rappleyea said, noting the centennial of inventor Nikola Tesla's development of the alternating current system that made possible the longdistance transmission of hydropower.

"After all, that was an age that enjoyed the scientific genius of Tesla and Thomas Edison...and the bold entrepreneurship of industrial giants such as George Westing-house and J.P. Morgan," Rappleyea said. "But apparently, some people in the 1890s were just as skeptical and wan of changes as we are today."

Rappleyea said he had been told that m lK9ti, the civic leaders in Buffalo were very cautious about Tesla's plan to trans mit power 26 miles from Niagara Falls to Buffalo.

"So cautious, m fact, that Buffalo Mayor Edgar Jewett waited until after midnight to pull the switch. And the ceremony was unadvertised, just in case something went wrong." Rappleyea said

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