NYPA Press Release

NYPA Employees Win EPRI Technology Transfer Awards 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/26/20

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Research Focuses on Electrification, Transmission Structures and Climate Risk Assessments

Four New York Power Authority employees have been selected to receive prestigious Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects.

Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators who help companies transform research into results and solutions that can improve the efficiency of power plants, harden transmission and distribution equipment, improve cybersecurity, and enhance overall electrification – all for the benefit of utility customers.

“This prestigious recognition from EPRI gives even greater credence to NYPA’s long-term commitment to the transformation of the energy industry,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA’s president and CEO. “Many of our employees are pursuing promising research that will advance new technology and solutions, modernize the electric grid, and address various climate change issues. These awardees are some of our best and brightest.”

Power Delivery & Utilization Sector

Michael Fuchs will receive a Technology Transfer Award for his research to explore the impact of cellular antenna attachments on overhead transmission line structures. This research verified that corrosion rates on such structures were increased due to the attachment and operation of cellular antenna equipment. Findings show that corrosion rates are increased by a factor of 3 to 4, and that cellular equipment attachments may expose residential or commercial customers to fault conditions or lightning events if not properly designed with isolation transformers.

Fuchs also will receive an award for exploring a fleet management approach to structure and foundation corrosion management of steel poles. A series of field surveys gathering structure data, site data, and soil samples, combined with laboratory characterization, provided an understanding of the environment and structure conditions and how they may impact the performance of steel poles. This new learning allows engineers to model the degradation rate of steel or copper components/structures in soil exposure, while allowing asset managers to have better resolution for life cycle decisions, resulting in optimized O&M budgets, inspection cycles, and replacement schedules.

Doug McMahon will receive a Technology Transfer Award for his support of the Electrification 2019 Regional Symposium in Brooklyn. The two-day event brought together a diverse collaboration of R&D practitioners, policymakers, businesses, startups, academia, and other stakeholders, to explore the benefits and costs of electrification within the lens of sustainability and decarbonization, in the Northeast region of the U.S., for the benefit of the customer and society. 

Fuchs and McMahon were recognized during the EPRI Power Delivery and Utilization winter advisory meetings on Feb. 11 in Dallas, Texas.

Energy & Environment Sector

Alan Ettlinger will receive a Technology Transfer Award for electrification scenarios for New York's energy future. Due to his vision and leadership, a New York State version of EPRI’s Regional Economy, Greenhouse Gas, and Energy model (NY-REGEN) will help NY utilities develop strategic insights on the potential for electrification across the state. Projections allow NYS stakeholders to explore the implications of electrification on system operations, economy-wide CO2 emissions, and investment needs related to enabling energy supply and demand infrastructure in the context of state clean energy policy goals.

Kerry-Jane King will receive a Technology Transfer Award for integrating technical analyses of climate-related science into company climate risk assessment, planning, greenhouse gas goal setting, and outreach. Due to her vision and leadership, a technical foundation to inform company decision-making and stakeholder discussions regarding climate risk assessment and greenhouse gas emissions goal setting was developed.

“The 2019 Technology Transfer Award recipients lead by example, elevating the societal value of EPRI’s collaborative R&D by deploying advanced energy technologies across the power industry,” said EPRI President Arshad Mansoor. “Their contributions are essential to transforming electricity generation, delivery, and use for the benefit of energy customers around the world.”

The employees were recognized during the EPRI Energy and Environment winter advisory meetings on Feb. 25 in Atlanta, GA.

About NYPA

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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 nearly 40 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.