Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Trevor Evans

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.

Trevor Evans is a senior at Roger Williams University, pursuing his degree in Accounting. He works in the Legislative & Regulatory Affairs department in the Albany office.

Interning at NYPA has been a great experience. Every day that I am in the office, I am learning something new. Working with the Legislative & Regulatory Affairs department, I have gotten to see how laws passed by the state legislature affect NYPA and their customers.

Currently, I am researching energy storage technologies and their future uses. Specifically, I have been researching a technology called flow batteries. Before working at NYPA, I never thought as an accounting major that I would be learning about the energy industry. I have found the energy industry to be very fascinating and hope to continue learning about it as I intern here.

I have had the privilege of visiting the Robert Moses power plant. This valuable experience made me appreciate the technology and process that goes into generating renewable power for the residents of New York. Touring the plant is a memory that I will not forget.

Outside of school and work, I enjoy hiking, traveling to new places and playing basketball. Within the last year, I have backpacked through Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru. In the future, I would like to continue to travel to other parts of the world.

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Daylight Hour at NYPA

By Jill Anderson, SVP of Public Affairs & Business Development

As a public benefit corporation and a leader in clean energy generation, NYPA is always looking to reduce electricity use, particularly during the peak demand summer season, and improve the overall efficiency of its operations. The Daylight Hour initiative provides an excellent opportunity to promote energy efficiency in the workplace and to start a meaningful dialogue with employees about energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We often overlook the seemingly minuscule amount of energy it takes to power our lights, coffee machines, computers, phones, and other office loads. Daylight Hour and similar energy efficiency campaigns highlight simple ways of reducing our energy footprint in the workplace. Last year, NYPA leveraged the momentum achieved from Daylight Hour to launch our own annual campaign called “Efficiency Fridays.” With this initiative, we are successfully promoting energy efficient practices throughout the summer.

Like other workplace sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives, Daylight Hour depends on employee engagement. We use clear, concise language to convey the idea that participation is easy and will not disrupt work. Our message is simple: Turn off lights in day-lit areas to save energy.

Daylight Hour is promoted through several different communication channels. We place posters near elevators, add postings to our intranet, send out a text message reminder to employees 15 minutes prior to the event, and make an announcement over the loud speakers as we approach the start of the hour. In addition, our social media team creates a buzz on Twitter and Instagram to help relay the Daylight Hour message to thousands of NYPA’s followers. The unsung heroes of our successful participation are the members of NYPA’s Green Team, who rally their colleagues to turn off their lights.

NYPA’s Sustainability Office carefully monitors the energy usage in our 17-story White Plains administrative office building through the Power Authority’s NY Energy Manager, a statewide, real-time energy management system. To inspire friendly competition, we track the electricity reduced by each floor and post the results on the intranet. In addition to floor-by-floor energy comparisons, we track whole building energy performance and, more specifically, the reduction in the building’s total lighting load. The results have been astonishing (even our energy experts think so)! As illustrated by the graph below, we successfully reduced our building’s total lighting load by 33% or 25 kWh. That savings only represents an hour. These numbers are encouraging us to consider how much we could save if we incorporated daylighting into our regular routine.

The total lighting load of NYPA’s White Plains Office, as measured by NY Energy Manager.

The total lighting load of NYPA’s White Plains Office, as measured by NY Energy Manager.

Through Daylight Hour, we have learned valuable lessons about what it takes to engage our employees and successfully communicate the importance of sustainable workplace practices. NYPA employees are willing to get involved in workplace initiatives, but it takes consistent effort to keep them focused on what needs to be achieved. Throughout this effort, we have been inspired to explore a range of strategies and to become bolder and more creative in our approach and our message.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Elvia Baca

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.

Elvia Baca is a senior at the University of New Haven pursuing her degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Sustainability Studies. She works in the Civil and Structural Engineering Department at the White Plains Office.

My responsibilities at NYPA include working on calculations, checking over drawings, and designing structures. I’ve worked on projects at many locations; I recently finished a repair detail for a hole in a draft tube at the BG plant. Currently, I’m working on the design of a riprap for shoreline protection in Massena.

This is my first internship and I’m very fortunate to be working for NYPA. Before coming to NYPA, I thought I knew a lot about Civil Engineering but, there are many things that school can’t teach you. One thing I’ve learned is how to properly read drawings. I’ve also learned how to create repair details, set up calculations, and apply theory to live scenarios. I hope to keep learning new things. I especially want to learn how to build my career and become a successful engineer. NYPA has many presentations and learning experiences that I know will help me to do so.

My goal is to pursue a master’s degree and eventually obtain my Professional Engineering License. I feel that NYPA is a good place for me because of the way the Civil and Structural Department operates. I know my passion lies in Structural Engineering, but working within my department has allowed me to explore other areas such as hydraulic and geotechnical engineering. What I also love about NYPA is how friendly the staff is. Many of my coworkers are very kind and give me great advice for my career.

Outside of school, I enjoy practicing Tae Kwon Do and playing the guitar. Also, I was named after Elvis Presley and I’m a huge Bon Jovi Fan.

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Life of a Lightbulb

Life of a Lightbulb: George Washington Bridge

Did you know the George Washington Bridge carries across over 106 million cars per year? That’s pretty cool! Leddy the LED lightbulb here.

Back in 2009, my friends and I decided that the George Washington Bridge needed some new lights, so we replaced the existing necklace lighting with energy-efficient LED necklace lighting. The lighting helps to reduce glare for drivers, but the real benefit is that they require less maintenance, which leads to less opportunity for maintenance workers to experience a safety-related accident. This also leads to less traffic jams due to lane closures for maintenance. Nearly 200 of my friends were installed, which will lead to the elimination of almost 90 tons of greenhouse gases from our environment.

My friends and I encourage you to learn more about NYPA’s many Energy Efficiency projects. You might also want to look into replacing your bulbs with our family of LED bulbs – we come in all shapes and sizes and we always have bright ideas!

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Life of a Lightbulb

Life of a Lightbulb: SUNY University at Buffalo

Who’s up for a game of football? I know I am. It’s Leddy the LED lightbulb again!

This time, my friends and I are at SUNY Buffalo’s 31,000-seat football stadium. We worked with our friends at NYPA to help give them a new lighting system, including new, energy-efficient lights. Their lighting controls now allow for three different levels of lighting. Level 1 is used during practice, when less light is needed. Level 2 is used for non-broadcasted games, where Level 3 is extra-bright for HD broadcasting enhancement. Their lighting upgrades will help cut over 3,500 tons of greenhouses gases per year from the environment. (Personally, I like Level 3 so I can watch it on TV!)

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Thomas Marino


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.

Thomas Marino attends SUNY University at Buffalo, pursuing his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He works in the Treasury Department at the White Plains Office.

My internship at NYPA has been a very valuable learning experience. I have had the opportunity to work with the Treasury Department, which has taught me about various aspects of finance in the Energy industry.

I’ve also gained exposure to valuable financial tools, such as Bloomberg, which is utilized when purchasing and selling authorized securities, pricing counterparty collateral, evaluating counterparty and securities credit ratings, and monitoring market news and economic data.

The Treasury Department currently has six active RFPs (Request for Proposals) outstanding. I have been supporting the Deputy Treasurer in looking for potential Transition Managers for future bond deals; I am responsible for reviewing proposals and coordinating the review process between Treasury, Procurement, and the Authority’s Financial Advisor. Additionally, I have helped the Treasurer with the four responses to RFPs for an Independent Swap Advisor for NYPA.

In accordance with the Authority’s Energy Commodity and Credit Risk Management procedures, all counterparty statements need to be verified. I am responsible for the verification process and for sending out notifications with regards to the counterparties who settle transactions via the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange).

Outside of school, I enjoy playing and watching sports, spending time with family and friends, and meeting new people. I appreciate the education my internship has given me to date and look forward to learning more over the rest of the summer.

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Life of a Lightbulb

Life of a Lightbulb: New York Hall of Science

I’m Leddy, the LED lightbulb. My friends and I like to help people by saving them money and making the environment “greener”. Did you know that we use 75% less energy than regular lightbulbs? Pretty neat, right? A bunch of my friends decided to help the New York Hall of Science to become more energy-efficient. They have over 450 exhibits and activities that explain science, technology, engineering and math. With new, energy-efficient LED bulbs like me installed, they’ll be able to better preserve the displays & exhibits, since the bulbs do not give off harmful UV rays. Over 2,000 of my LED lightbulb friends decided to move in to the Hall of Science so that we can also help the environment by eliminating over 200 tons of harmful greenhouse gases per year.

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Summer Intern Series: Frank Savoca

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.

Frank Savoca is a senior at Boston University pursuing his degree in Computer Engineering. He works in the Information Technology Department at the White Plains Office.

So far, I have been working on cleaning up the application portfolio with my supervisor, Ben Ettlinger. Some of the applications are no longer being used and many of the owners and contacts associated with them are incorrect or require updating. This process has allowed me to learn about the wide array of applications NYPA uses and what their purposes are. My next project will involve working with pace layers, a system used to classify and analyze the applications we use.

Before I started here, I wish I knew how big of a company NYPA truly is. It was a little overwhelming to see so many interns on my first day, but I quickly learned that everyone is very friendly and willing to take the time to help. This welcoming atmosphere has allowed me to see how some of the different departments in Information Technology interact with one another.

My most valuable experience at NYPA has been sitting in on several of my supervisor’s meetings. Ben offers a wealth of information and I’ve been able to learn a lot from him about several topics such as the cloud and metadata management.

In my free time I enjoy bowling and am an avid fan of comics, animation, and video games. My favorite TV show is The Office.

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Summer Intern Series: Francisco Martinez

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.

Francisco Martinez is a second-year graduate student at the City College of New York. He is pursuing his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Telecommunications, and also has a Master’s in Power Systems from Mexico. He works in the Protection and Control Department at the White Plains Office.

During the past few weeks, I have been performing a detailed review and update of the NYPA Aspen Relay Database, protecting relay settings for some of the NYPA facilities such as Marcy and the 500-MW Combined-Cycle Power Plant. I have also been reviewing some relay schematics for the Flynn Power Plant to prepare upcoming equipment updates.

The internship has taught me much about power system protection and its different protective schemes. I have also learned about different relay software and hardware such as SIEMENS (Breaker failure protection), General Electric (Bus and Line protection), Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (Bus and Line protection), and Real Time Automation Controller (RTAC).

My most valuable experience at NYPA has been working with a great team in the Protection and Control department. My mentor has guided me on how to use some relay software and interpret relay schematics, and he has even included me in training sessions for relay protection devices. I also had the opportunity to visit the Flynn Power Plant for relay training.

One of my career goals is to learn more about relay protective devices in power system protections. I also want to combine my educational background in telecommunications and power systems with my experience at NYPA to work in smart grids and renewable energies projects.

During my free time, I like running and playing soccer, and I play drums and guitar. I also play the Marimbol, an Afro-Caribbean instrument, for a Mexican folk music band called Radio Jarocho. I like to do small projects with Arduino microcontrollers as well.

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Summer Intern Series: Melanie Johnsen

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.

Melanie Johnsen is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University pursuing her degrees in Business Intelligence and Marketing. She works in Customer Energy Solutions at the White Plains Office.

Within the Program Strategy & Development group, I assist with the market analytic portions of projects. This largely includes gathering data and organizing it in a way pertaining mostly to customers and contractors. I also run a daily Peak Load Management forecast report to determine the total New York State energy load. It assists in the efforts of demand response and peak energy shaving.

A specific project that I am working on is gathering both qualitative and quantitative data about energy services customers that NYPA works with. Through this project, I am able to help create a survey that would be able to provide the qualitative data and reach out to several NYPA employees in gathering the quantitative data. The goal is to use the data gathered through target marketing for programs the can be offered to NYPA’s customers.

At first, I did not know what to expect of my summer internship at NYPA. I didn’t have much knowledge about the energy industry prior to working here, however I continue to learn quickly with the help of the friendly work environment. The focus of my work is primarily market analytics which is the perfect combination of my two majors. I have learned and continue to learn many analytical skills that will be invaluable for my future.

At my school I am a member of a sorority (Alpha Phi). I enjoy traveling. I love spending time with my family and friends, especially my 1½ year old nephew.

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