New York Energy Manager: Better Data, Greener Choices

The New York Power Authority recently launched the state’s first energy management network operations center – the New York Energy Manager (NYEM). Housed in Albany in partnership with the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, NYEM, is a comprehensive network and decision tool that utilizes Big Data analytics to monitor and troubleshoot buildings to reduce energy waste. NYPA is deploying and managing this state-wide energy-monitoring hub to provide access to secure, comprehensive energy management reporting for more than 3,000 public buildings, with the potential to serve many more facilities.

With state public facilities getting real-time data on their energy use, they can improve building energy performance and lower the State’s utility bills. Basically, it will be like performing a MRI on a facility and getting an incredibly detailed report about how it consumes energy.

By knowing more, we can do more. We will utilize analytics and engineering expertise provided by this new energy management operations network, enabling NYPA to:

  • Continuously improve energy management and operations of state facilities
  • Drive down government operating expenses and save taxpayers money
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Create jobs in the emerging green economy

To get more granular, by integrating energy data from facility sub-meters and local utilities, building engineers will rapidly diagnose equipment problems and take appropriate actions to reduce energy consumption in a timely manner.

With Big Data analytics provided by NYEM, government building operators will be better informed when making real-time energy management decisions and planning for future changes in energy use. Peering into the future, we expect that the NYEM technology will eventually be utilized by the private sector in its energy planning activities.

NYEM provides an important vehicle for implementing one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s main energy objectives, Build Smart NY, to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent in State government facilities by 2020. Still another great byproduct of NY Energy Manager is that it creates an important set of tools for supporting a fundamental shift in the utility business. Governor Cuomo’s Reforming Energy Vision or REV is about changing utility regulations to enable renewable energy and building energy efficiency to be economically favorable for utilities and customers.

Under REV, reduced energy demand and consumption in buildings will be a valuable commodity to be bought and sold, and NY Energy Manager will provide the precise insight building operators need to take advantage of these opportunities.

The electric power industry is undergoing a sea-change, largely driven by unprecedented advances in technology. As we seek to take full advantage of extraordinary opportunities, access to better data is more important than ever. By acquiring a more accurate view of our State’s energy use, we will become far more adept at asking good questions that will yield even greener answers.

Summer Intern Series: Jake Shemtob

Jake ShemtobNew York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Jake Shemtob is a student at Fairfield University pursuing his degree in Economics. He works in the Customer Load Forecasting Group in Marketing & Economic Development at the White Plains office.

At first, I didn’t know what to expect from my internship at NYPA. My studies in economics have concentrated primarily in financial markets. Here at NYPA, I have been able to apply my quantitative, analytical, and critical thinking skills in a completely new field that I had little to no prior knowledge about aside from looking at our NYSEG bill at home.

In the CLF group, my primary objectives are to work with short term load forecasting to study and update different models and thresholds so that the CLF group can continue to provide accurate load forecasting for all of NYPA’s customers. Additionally, I have worked with Peak Load Management by running the daily PLM Forecast Report to forecast the total state energy load, as well as investigating areas for possible expansion of demand response and peak shaving initiatives for municipal customers.

Currently, I am working on a study to understand existing metering contingency process in order to either validate the existing contingency metering process or provide recommendations on what meter process would provide the optimal forecasting results.

Thanks to the CLF group and the countless people who work with me in Marketing and Economic Development (especially my excellent co-mentors Dan Johnsen and Colleen McConnell, my inspiring manager Gian DeLuca, PLM analyst and Excel master Dan Smilowitz, fellow CLF team member Andrew Stewart, as well as Mike Lupo, Mike Huvane, Keith Hayes, and Eric Bowers), my skill set has grown exponentially and my interest in the energy industry has grown immensely. Every day at NYPA has been enriching and I look forward to continue learning, growing, and networking throughout the rest of my time here.

Summer Intern Series: Kyle Pedersen

DSC06269New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Kyle Pedersen is a student at Clarkson University pursuing his degree in Computer Science, with an Electrical Engineering minor. He works in the Maintenance Resource Management Department at the Clark Energy Center in Marcy, NY.

So far, my first month an NYPA has been a great experience. I’ve gained valuable knowledge about the scope of the power system and how all of the various components and systems interact on a physical level, as well as the sheer amount of work required to manage and maintain it.

I have had the privilege of visiting the Control buildings and CSC (Convertible Static Compensator) at the Marcy Switchyard, the Jarvis Hydroelectric Dam, and soon, the ECC (Energy Control Center) at Clark Energy Center. These visits allow me to fully understand the practical implications and reasons behind the data I pull from software and put into reports on a daily basis; as well as truly understand the dialogue at the meetings where it is discussed.

I look forward to being a valuable contributor to NYPA through diligently expanding my knowledge base and working alongside NYPA personnel. I appreciate this opportunity and I thank my supervisor, Dan Herrmann, for his guidance and support, ensuring my success here at NYPA.

Summer Intern Series: James Simko

photoThe New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

James Simko is a student at the City College of New York, pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering. He works in the Maintenance Department at the Poletti Power Project 500MW plant in Astoria, NY.

My workload at NYPA has been an interesting mix of multiple projects in various stages of planning and execution. I spent a good portion of my time after the safety meetings reading manuals on plant operations, steam turbine operations, and how a Heat Recovery Steam Generator works, as well as the operation of a GE MK VI controller. I have been fortunate enough to be included in two greenfield projects, as well as several projects that are mid-process. One involves setting up a weather station at the plant to ensure that our plant efficiency readings based on ambient temperature are accurate.

I have also been tasked with designing a permanent solution for oil detection and sump drainage logging of our Fuel Forwarding Skid that will eventually be implemented with our other skid drain sumps. Additionally, I was able to inspect the existing cable tray in the 500MW plant to ensure it complies with NEC standards and work with an outside consulting firm to confirm the repairs that have been made. Finally, I’ve been brought on to an environmental project to help track down the exact flow of our storm water through our drain system to help develop a spill response plan.

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with experienced engineers such as my supervisor, John Mustaro, and mentor, Adil Shaikh, who have given me a level of autonomy and trust on these projects while also keeping an open door policy and making sure that if I find myself in need of any resource or reference, they show me exactly how to find it.

Summer Intern Series: Daniel Mascolo

IMG_0368The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Daniel Mascolo is a student at Manhattan College, pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He works in the Energy Efficiency department at the White Plains office.

From day one, there has been a tremendous amount I have learned from working at the New York Power Authority. Being in the CUNY division of the Energy Efficiency group, I get to witness first-hand the actions that are taken in order to conserve energy on college campuses.

A day at the office involves assisting with tasks that familiarize me with common project procedures. Outside the office, I provide construction and project support as I witness the projects come to life. Visiting the City College of New York, I had the opportunity to tour the campus’ remarkable central chiller plant. At Bronx Community College, I help oversee the day-to-day construction activities for a campus-wide utility upgrade, as well as attend meetings in regards to upcoming project tasks. In addition to CCNY and BCC, I’ve visited multiple campuses that are increasing overall efficiency by installing a campus-wide utility metering system that measures, logs, and reports energy use data. The web based monitoring system is used for benchmarking and control of the facilities energy consumption.

I am highly appreciative of all the guidance and knowledge I have received from the Energy Efficiency’s CUNY group as well as all of the NYPA employees I’ve come into contact with. I look forward to all this internship has to offer during my stay here at NYPA.

Summer Intern Series: Daniel Stahl

Picture of DanThe New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Daniel Stahl is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, pursuing his degree in Civil Engineering Technology. He works in the Mechanical Maintenance Department at the Niagara Power Project.

My typical workload consists of assisting the local civil engineer, Edward Barbiero, with his projects and helping other engineers on an “as-needed” basis. This includes contacting vendors, completing purchase requisitions, field inspections, locating documents and proposing items that may be incorporated into a technical specification.

Our department is General Maintenance, so most projects focus on repairs to areas of deteriorated steel, pavement or concrete, as well as additions to the facility including guard rails and fences. I’ve been doing some design work (including writing work plans, preparing sketches, researching, selecting and ordering materials). I’ve also done some calculation work to suggest structural improvements to a guard rail system at the LPGP in order to better comply with OSHA regulations.

The department is also involved in maintaining the “Ice Boom” system, which includes three ice-breaker boats, cables and other components. Lastly, I attend frequent meetings and training concerning departmental collaboration, safety, the environment, policies and procedures with the goal of improving myself as an engineer and as an asset to the Authority.

Summer Intern Series: Ben Coble

IMG_1237The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) intern program provides top college students with the opportunity to gain broad experience working for the nation’s largest public power organization.

Ben Coble received his associates degree at Dutchess Community College and will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Fall. He will be pursuing his Mechanical Engineering degree and works out of One Police Plaza on the One Police Plaza Energy Conservation Project.

In my time here at NYPA, I have learned a lot about the field of engineering that cannot be taught in an academic environment. There are many things that I did not expect or anticipate about the mechanical engineering field that I have come to understand and look forward to.

While here, I have been very active on the One Police Plaza Energy Conservation Project taking daily reports of work being done to upgrade the HVAC systems in order to make the building more energy efficient. Sharing an office at One Police Plaza with the construction manager and onsite engineer from NYPA, I have been able to meet contractors, sit in on meetings, and learn a lot in a short period of time. Not only did I learn how large office buildings are cooled, heated, and ventilated, but I also have been able to see these systems being installed.

While going on site is very rewarding, I would say the most valuable asset NYPA has to offer is the wealth of knowledge and experience of its employees. The engineers here have been very good at giving practical advice for engineering solutions to complex issues, which I know I will be able to use for future endeavors.