NYPA Press Release

New York Power Authority Named Finalist for 2018 Public Utility of the Year by the Smart Electric Power Alliance

For Immediate Release: 07.11.18


Paul DeMichele | paul.demichele@nypa.gov | (914) 390-8186

WHITE PLAINS—The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) celebrated the New York Power Authority (NYPA) as a finalist for its 2018 SEPA Power Player Awards in the Public Power Utility of the Year category at its award ceremony on July 10. NYPA was recognized for implementing a project that shows how distributed energy resources (DER) can provide grid support while minimizing negative impact to distribution feeders, in addition to providing insights into the locational impact and the need to communicate and control DERs.


“The Power Authority is honored to be recognized as an innovator in the energy industry and SEPA’s finalist designation validates our leadership role in increasing the adoption of clean, renewable energy projects at public facilities throughout New York State,“ said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “I am proud of the hard work our dedicated NYPA team is doing daily, alongside our partners, to transform the energy industry into a clean energy economy.”


NYPA was recognized by SEPA for its innovation in completing a solar energy and battery storage system at the State University of New York at New Paltz earlier this year. The system provides solar photovoltaic power generation and offsets the college’s reliance on the electrical power grid. The battery storage unit will be used at times of high electric demand and during emergencies or power outages to support the college's Red Cross-designated emergency shelter for the campus and community, located at the college's Elting Gymnasium.


NYPA partnered on the project with SUNY New Paltz in coordination with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Central Hudson Gas & Electric, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).


In addition to this innovative project, NYPA is increasing access to DERs throughout the state. NYPA has doubled its investment in energy efficiency and solar deployments to $300 million, helping accelerate increased access to clean, renewable energy for state and local government facilities across New York.


The SEPA Power Player Awards recognize utilities, their industry partners, individuals and other stakeholders on the front lines of energy transformation in the United States for innovation and leadership. There are three finalists in each category, chosen from a field of 43 nominations.


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