New york Power Authority crews Assist with Power Recovery After Long island Storm

Connie Cullen

March 19, 2010


WHITE PLAINS—As the Northeaster’ which hit Long Island and the entire Metropolitan New York area on Saturday, March 13 intensified, New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel requested NYPA transmission staff to begin organizing crews to assist the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)/National Grid with what turned into a massive power restoration effort.

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The entire Power Authority is proud of these crews who left their families at a moment’s notice and traveled long distances in poor weather to lend a helping hand to our sister utilities on Long Island,” said Kessel, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.   “While restoring power on the magnitude needed on Long Island after this storm was a daunting job, many residents were able to have their lights back on due to the efforts of NYPA’s crews and the many others who joined us with LIPA and National Grid in this effort.” 

NYPA crews from across New York State arrived on Long Island on the evening of Sunday, March 14. Three crews with a total of 26 personnel were dispatched from NYPA power projects in Massena, Marcy and Gilboa.  Andy Cline, General Manager of Transmission, NYPA, coordinated with LIPA/National Grid and oversaw field operations on the work performed by NYPA personnel. (Complete list of NYPA crew members)

NYPA crews did distribution system restoration work in the Town of Hempstead (Nassau County) which was the area hardest hit by the storm.  Specific locations within the town included Baldwin, Baldwin Harbor and South Hempstead.

Working 16-hour shifts, and at times well into the early morning hours, the NYPA crews helped restore electricity in residential areas to get LIPA/National Grid customers back in service as part of one of Long Island’s largest power restoration efforts in recent history.

Work assignments for the NYPA crews originated from National Grid’s operations center in Hicksville (Nassau).  The crews were housed in Melville (Suffolk County) and headed home the morning of Friday, March 19.

Assisting with local restoration efforts across New York State is not new to NYPA.  Among the efforts where NYPA crews were involved include restoring power during the aftermath of Western New York’s early winter snow storm in October 2006 and the Ice Storm that stretched across the North County in 1998.

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About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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