NYPA Press Release

New York Power Authority Digital Energy Experts Recognized with EPRI Technology Transfer Awards 

For Immediate Release: 2/12/18

Contact: Lynne Smith | Lynne.Smith@nypa.gov | (914) 681-6916

The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) efforts to break new ground with the development of a central monitoring and diagnostic center, its integrated operations center (iSOC), have been recognized with several Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). NYPA is at the forefront of transforming into an all-digital utility using new technologies, programs, and processes that will enable the nation’s largest public utility to meet the needs of a 21st century sustainable, energy-driven economy. These industry awards recognize New York’s and NYPA’s leadership role, under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s direction, in the digital transformation of the energy industry.


Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators who demonstrate excellence in innovation through the application of research and development in the utility industry.


“NYPA is honored to be recognized for our progress in becoming the nation’s first digital utility and setting a new standard in utility asset management,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “NYPA’s talented engineers, utility operations experts and digital managers have been integral to the development of new technologies that make us operate smarter and more efficiently. We hope we can share our learnings and success to encourage others to follow in our footsteps.”


The following NYPA digital experts have received Technology Transfer Awards:


Ricardo da Silva and Richard F. Gaines led the design and development of NYPA’s new Integrated Smart Operations Center (iSOC). Using best practices from EPRI’s research on Asset Health Management and Fleetwide Monitoring, the iSOC is a comprehensive central monitoring and diagnostic center that uses asset performance software. It identifies potential issues in NYPA’s generation and transmission systems and addresses them at a point before they may cause equipment failures. In the first year of operation, the iSOC has detected numerous conditions in equipment that, if undiscovered, could have led to costly forced outages and avoided an estimated $3 million in costs.


Kenneth Carnes, Paul Silba, and Jeff Staten integrated EPRI’s research around cybersecurity metrics for the electric sector. This inclusion of monitoring and data will help enable NYPA’s security teams to better detect, alert, and respond to cyber security threats and proactively share the information with partners and EPRI researchers to continue to improve industry metrics.


Ramadan Elmoudi and Alan Ettlinger developed an innovative technology that identifies and prevents potential costly transformer problems before they occur. The NYPA team, led by Elmoudi and Ettlinger, established a partnership with mPrest, an Israeli software development firm, to develop this technology. Before the technology’s first operation at Niagara, it was successfully tested at EPRI’s Lenox laboratory on a blind data set of healthy and failed transformers to ensure that it accurately predicted the transformer’s condition. This new software can help a utility save time and money and improve system reliability and resiliency.


“Our most recent stable of Technology Transfer Award winners have taken EPRI R&D to new levels to shape and improve an integrated energy network,” said Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of R&D at EPRI. “The commitment and collaboration demonstrated by these individuals and teams not only benefits their organization, but the entire industry as we all have a stake in transforming and integrating the power system.”


Visit this page on NYPA’s website for more information about NYPA’s official launch of its Integrated Smart Operations Center (iSOC) and see pictures from the opening day on NYPA’s Flickr album.


About New York Power Authority

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About EPRI

The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.