Statement by Gil C. Quiniones, N.Y. Power Authority President and CEO, on NYPA Participation in "Grid Ex II" Power Grid Drill

Michael Saltzman
(914) 390-8181

November 13, 2013


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is participating on Wednesday and Thursday (November 13-14) in a major power system drill that will test emergency response plans of electric utilities, governments and law enforcement authorities across North America to simulated attacks on the electric power grid.

The integral nature of the power grid to virtually all facets of modern life makes its security against physical and cyber-attacks of vital importance. This week’s two-day “Grid Ex II” exercise, organized by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), will provide valuable experiences for responding to potential assaults on the power-grid and safeguarding the system.

As the owner and operator of more than 1,400-circuit miles of transmission lines—one-third of the high-voltage transmission in New York State—the Power Authority recognizes the necessity of ensuring the resiliency of the power grid and emergency readiness. To that end, key NYPA personnel in engineering, operations, security, information technology, emergency management and other functional areas will participate in the exercise, operating from their usual work locations.

It is important to emphasize that there will be no disruption in electrical service from the simulated events.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA 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 the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.