NYPA Press Release

NYPA Board of Trustees Approve $15 Million in Contract Awards to Supplement Emergency Restoration Response and Management Capabilities

For Immediate Release: 10/12/18

Contact: NYPA Media Relations | 914-681-6770 | media.inquiries@nypa.gov

Responsibilities Will Include Repair and Recovery Work on Transmission and Distribution System, Mutual Aid to Other Utilities

 

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees approved the award of $15 million in construction contracts to six companies that will supplement the Authority’s own emergency power restoration response and management capabilities. The agreements, approved at the board’s Oct. 2 meeting, cover services related to the Authority’s high-voltage transmission system and would provide mutual assistance resources for transmission and distribution work to other utilities and municipalities when needed. This back-up capability helps strengthen the resiliency and reliability of the state’s power grid, a major goal of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision plan.

 

“NYPA is often asked to help other utilities or communities in emergencies and it’s important to have a stable of support firms available for immediate deployment when emergencies and outages occur,” said NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones, who noted that NYPA responded to three major storms this year. “We are committed to bolstering our resources to ensure the state’s power system is fully prepared for extreme weather events or potential threats to public safety.”

 

The contractors provide NYPA an additional resource in responding to its own transmission emergencies. The workers would also be available to help other utilities and municipalities with repair and recovery work following storms or in other emergencies impacting the electric grid.

 

The five-year contracts were awarded through a competitive bid process to companies that have capabilities, capacity and experience with the construction, maintenance and restoration of high-voltage transmission lines.

 

See the full list of companies receiving contracts here.

 

 

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