NYPA Press Release


For Immediate Release: 12/19/16

Steve Gosset | Steve.Gosset@nypa.gov | (914) 390-8192

Center Using G.E. Software Will Give Nation’s Largest State-Owned Utility Ability to Monitor All of Its Assets Simultaneously

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority today announced that a comprehensive central command center is now online that analyzes the performance of its expansive generation and transmission network and identifies potential problems before they can cause service outages.

The center, using software provided by GE Power, will help NYPA achieve its 2020 Strategic Plan to improve the efficiency and reliability of its facilities while also making them more cost-effective.

The Integrated Smart Operations Center will initially monitor operations at NYPA’s 500-megawatt combined-cycle power plant in Queens and expand to monitor all NYPA assets.The center will be used to predict potential failures and unplanned downtime to increase reliability and lower operational costs and risks.

The center also supports the goals of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to create an energy system in New York that is cleaner, more efficient and resilient. It will also help achieve the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard, which requires that half of all electricity used in New York come from renewable sources by 2030.

“This is an exciting milestone in our digital journey,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “The Integrated Smart Operations Center will become the new standard in utility asset management and help us fulfill our core mission to provide power to our customers that is both low in cost and reliable.”

NYPA, the nation’s largest state-owned utility, typically supplies 15 to 20 percent of the state’s power daily from its 16 generating facilities and owns one-third of New York’s high-voltage power lines.

The center will use asset performance management software that runs on GE’s Predix operating system. Using sensors embedded in equipment such as turbines and transmission lines, it will better enable NYPA to better detect problems that could affect the utility’s ecosystem, sometimes weeks in advance.

“With this deployment, NYPA is pioneering change in the digital transformation of the electricity industry,” said Ganesh Bell, chief digital officer of GE Power. “GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) application on the Predix platform will unlock the value of existing data to impact machine health and reliability, setting NYPA up for success and ensuring its goals related to efficiency and customer demand can be met.”

In time, NYPA intends to use the center to also monitor its cybersecurity, physical security, network operations and information technology and operations technology services throughout its generation and transmission system, which stretches from Massena, next to the Canadian border, to eastern Long Island.


About NYPA:
NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. 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. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Follow @NYPAenergy on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, YouTube, and LinkedIn.