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An Energy Efficient Earth Month

During this Earth Month, we’ve focused on learning more about sustainability and energy efficiency, and educating people about the efforts we’re taking both internally and externally at NYPA to implement projects and initiatives that support Reforming the Energy Vision (#REV4NY). Governor Cuomo’s energy strategy for New York helps consumers make better and more informed energy choices, helps protect the environment throughout New York State, and works to ensure that 50% of electricity in New York State comes from renewable energy resources by 2030. Below, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite energy efficiency projects from the past year.

Over the past year or so, one of our biggest customers, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (MTA), received several upgrades to make their facilities more energy efficient and to help make New York a greener state.

An infrared radiant heating system was installed at their Jamaica Maintenance Shop to help heat the shop more efficiently. The heating system installation was completed in April of 2015 and will lead to savings not only on their energy bill, but it will also remove over 1,000 tons of harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.


New York City Transit’s Jamaica Maintenance Shop – Radiant Heating System

In October 2015, we completed the installation of the MTA’s Wireless Control of Rail Heaters. The wireless control network will allow New York City Transit to remotely activate and control the operation and function of heating elements used for de-icing the third rail during winter weather conditions. Before the installation, heaters were manually operated by installing a fuse in October and removing it in April, when winter wasn’t looming – now, with the wireless control, the heaters can be remotely activated from a central location drastically reducing runtime of the heaters, leading to an annual elimination of 3,618 tons of greenhouse gases.

Recent upgrades at Metro North Railroad’s Grand Central Terminal added four new centrifugal chillers to replace the old cooling towers with new ones. This chiller project will lead to a reduction of over 11,000 tons of CO2 annually.



In June of last year, John F. Kennedy International Airport received a whole slew of upgrades. The project’s main component was re-roofing 104,000 square feet of JFK Building 141. The re-roofing work was extremely timely; the existing roofing was deteriorated to the extent that major leaking occurred throughout the building. In addition to the new roofing, JFK Building 141 upgrades included steam traps, pipe & equipment insulation, air compressor replacement, backdraft damper replacement, window glazing, lighting upgrades, rapid roll-up doors for Building 141’s bus garage, roof drains, weather stripping and smart meters. JFK Building 111 was also upgraded, with an all-new energy efficient lighting system. JFK Airport’s energy efficiency upgrades have led to a 1,437-ton reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions.


New energy efficient upgrades at John F. Kennedy Airport

SUNY Buffalo also recently received some upgrades in the form of HVAC and lighting. A new air-handling unit was installed on the roof of Governors Dorm, in addition to thermostatic controls, infrared heaters, high efficiency lighting, burner controls and low-flow water fixtures.  HVAC upgrades were added to the Ellicott Complex, as well as Capen Hall; interior and exterior lighting upgrades were added to North Campus and South Campus, respectively. These upgrades will lead to a total greenhouse gas reduction of over 5,500 tons per year.


New energy efficient air-handler installed at SUNY Buffalo

Back when Hurricane Sandy hit, Coney Island Hospital was greatly affected by flooding. We hoped to change this when we installed a new boiler plant, including fuel conversion, by elevating the boilers above the flood line. A 300 kW backup generator system was also included as part of the resiliency improvements. An almost 3,600 ton reduction in greenhouse gases only adds to the efficiency of this project.


New boilers at Coney Island Hospital

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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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Top 3 Ways We’re Using Technology for the #SmartGrid

New York is currently at a point where we’re not just talking about the electric grid; we are taking a series of steps to create the smart grid – a cornerstone of the New York Power Authority’s Strategic Vision 2020.

NYPA is proud to be at the forefront of an energy revolution. We know that people crave connectivity – using mobile apps for changing the temperature, dimming the lights and controlling their electricity use. Here are the top 3 ways we are redesigning the electrical grid and preparing to help meet the state’s energy needs over the next few decades.

Infrastructure Modernization

Our glimpse into the future is guided by a critical question: What is the changing role of energy infrastructure—the central generating stations and transmission facilities—in the energy system of the future, and what does that mean for NYPA’s role as stewards of those assets?

Emerging technologies and techniques suggest that there is now an opportunity to be more innovative and sophisticated about how we operate and maintain our generation and transmission facilities. We believe that a combination of our Asset Management and Smart Generation and Transmission strategic initiatives will enable our staff to identify better ways to operate and maintain our assets to deliver optimal outcomes for customers in the dynamic environment ahead. We aspire to lead in these areas; to explore options and find solutions that can be shared with other utilities to improve services to customers throughout New York State.

New York Energy Manager

New York Energy Manager (NYEM) is NYPA’s web-based energy management platform. It will provide secure, consistent, comprehensive energy data reporting and smart analytical tools to support energy savings initiatives in State buildings. NYEM is designed to integrate energy data from utilities, sub-meters and building management systems and delivers this information in a non-proprietary Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

NYEM is supported by energy experts in NYPA’s offices that deliver timely and actionable guidance to building operators. The platform will also encourage data sharing, enabling an array of complementary third party applications to take advantage of the energy data and provide users with a large variety of tools and applications.


The Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy (AGILe) is New York’s first electric power research and development facility. It will use Big Data analytics to simulate, develop, deploy and integrate the next-generation electric grid and position New York State as a global center for electric grid research. It is one of four strategic recommendations of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Highway Task Force and supports the “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV).

The lab itself will be built and operated by the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) in Albany. Some benefits of AGILe include:
o Helping transmission and distribution operators find ways to reduce system strain during peak use
o Reducing the cost of transmission and distribution congestion by increasing access to lower-cost generating resources
o Expediting the integration of renewable energy resources into the grid
o Advancing the deployment and reducing the cost of new, small, clean generation
o Increasing access to sustainable green power resources throughout New York State

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How NYPA’s Addressing the Rapidly Changing Utility Sector

Last year, NYPA announced the Strategic Plan to address the demands of a rapidly changing electric power industry. Since 2014, a new division has been created under Customer Empowerment, major electrical infrastructure modernization projects are underway, and NYPA’s culture is evolving to realign its resources. In other words, in just 12 months, we’ve made significant progress implementing our strategic plan.

As Peter Drucker said, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Without our 1,600 dedicated employees, the Strategic Vision would never have gotten off of the ground. From our power plant electricians to our finance executives, every single one of you has been professionally and personally touched by the ambitious goals of our Strategic Plan. That is why on the first anniversary of the Strategic Plan, we wanted to hear from our people who are leveraging their experiences to empower others within and outside of NYPA to embrace changes that will impact our industry for decades.

Resource Alignment

NYPA and utilities across the nation will need to attract the next generation of workers with diverse new skill sets, while capturing the knowledge that retiring employees have accumulated over many years.

Customer Empowerment

Customers are becoming more sophisticated about their consumption of energy; they are demanding customized products and services. We’re building new relationships with our customers where we will develop solutions to their energy needs together, constantly iterating.

Infrastructure Modernization

Our transmission grid is in need of major investments to relieve bottlenecks that raise the cost of delivering power where it is most needed near New York City. Several large generating plants as well as transmission facilities in New York are aging, and may need to be replaced.

View the New York Power Authority’s Strategic Vision Plan here.

Gil C. Quiniones (@GQEnergy) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority. Quiniones has served as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation during the Bloomberg Administration, and worked for Con Edison for 16 years.

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Our Mission: Supplying Diversity

We promote opportunity and inclusion and give talented people the chance to succeed. Supplier diversity is an important part of the New York Power Authority and has been for over 30 years. The Authority prides itself on the long-term achievements and success of its supplier diversity program. To date, over $844 million has been expended with Minority and Women Owned businesses (MWBEs) for fuel oil, gas, computer equipment, printing, environmental services, office supplies, security services, technical support personnel, treasury transactions, engineering services, construction services and interior design services to name a few.


NYPA’s commitment dates back to the early 1980s, well before the enactment of New York State Executive Law Article 15-A, which requires specific goals for participation by certified minority and women owned firms in contracts awarded by State Agencies and Authorities.  NYPA has reached or exceeded its MWBE goal for over 15 consecutive years. In selecting MWBE firms to participate in its procurement activities, the Authority maintains its requirement for quality and integrity. The MWBEs must possess the technical capabilities, experience and financial stability expected of any other vendor.

We are on track to exceed $1 billion in expenditures across our business in the next two years. We issued a strategic plan earlier this year that identifies substantial investments in our business from customer solutions, smart generation and transmission, and improving the efficiency of our resources. It is important now, more than ever, to have qualified suppliers working with us to help us implement our strategic vision. Here’s how:

Today, energy services are playing a significant role within the Authority, which has been a longtime advocate of the State’s energy efficiency goals. In an event that advanced both New York’s commitment to supplier diversity as well as the State’s commitment to energy efficiency, NYPA hosted the first ever Energy Efficiency and Green Technology Opportunities Exchange earlier this month.

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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.

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President John F. Kennedy Niagara Power Project Dedication

The New York Power Authority wishes you a Happy Independence Day!


From the President’s Office in the White House – February 4, 1961

This is President John F. Kennedy speaking from the White House. You have gathered here today to celebrate the delivery of the first power from the fabulous Niagara Power Project and I am happy to join with you, your fellow trustees, staff, consultants, contractors and workers, in this field, in welcoming this great achievement.

This 720 million dollar project, financed privately, and scheduled to deliver 1,800,000 kilowatts of firm power when the last of the turbines and generators are installed – begins to function 3 years from the time of groundbreaking.

An outstanding engineering achievement and a happy example of teamwork and cooperation between private and public enterprises.

This project will ensure constant, adequate and low-priced power for the highly industrialized Niagara Frontier and for the preferred customers – the rural and domestic consumers.

All this was made possible by the 1950 Treaty with Canada, signed by President Truman, approved by the Congress and supported by President Eisenhower.

This great Power Project signifies a new and more prosperous era for the Niagara Frontier and is an example to the world of North American efficiency and determination.

I congratulate you all.