Summer Intern Series: Satish Ravi & Jacob Brennan

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.

IMG_1509Satish Ravi is pursuing his degree in Energy Systems at Northeastern University. He works in our Energy Resource Management department in our White Plains office. 

I am majoring in Energy Systems with a minor in Electrical Engineering. My industrial experience is in power generation and I picked this course to strengthen my skills in energy business analytics.

I am very passionate about getting accustomed with the energy market structures and I believe that by the end of this internship, I will achieve my goals. I am presently involved with the technical and strategic analysis related to Regional Green Gas House Initiative (RGGI) and shadowing Capacity market auctions.

The real time market depends on a lot of factors and to create an economical viable plan is really important. To do so, we need to coordinate with interrelated departments to devise our strategy, which may deviate from the real time markets but we should be ready to adapt to the challenges.

I am most excited to actually be a part of the Commercial Energy Operations department and wish to sharpen my business analytics skills and financial energy modelling.

My best friend would describe me as a ‘Hardworking and flexible person’.

Jacob Brennan Intern Profile Series PictureJacob Brennan is pursuing his degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He works in the Energy Services and Implementation department in our White Plains office. 

I chose Chemical Engineering as my major because chemistry is fascinating and the engineering applications of it interest me. I am currently working in the Energy Services and Implementation department, which I hope will allow me to learn more about the energy industry and potentially support in my future career as a chemical engineer.

I hope that I will be able to work on projects that allow me to better understand the energy efficiency industry and how it works and is connected. I would like to be able to expand and develop my technical skills my personal skills in working with other employees and my professional communication skills, which I have had only limited experience with up to this point.

I hope that I will be able to contribute to my department by assisting my fellow employees with their projects to execute projects on time, to provide constructive feedback on internal process and to apply my education to “real world “situations.

My best friend would describe me as a passionate and sometimes loud individual that is eager to learn, and equally eager to apply that knowledge to produce real benefits for the world.

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Summer Intern Series: Charlotte Wright & Roger Ransom

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.

Charlotte Wright Intern Profile Series Picture2Charlotte Wright is pursuing her degree in Computer Science at the University of Rochester. She works on Electronic Records Management projects in our Digital Warehouse at our White Plains office. 

I chose my major because I have always enjoyed working with computers and the logical elements of problem solving. I am most passionate about learning more about the management of electronic records as information sources.

I hope to be involved with the development of helpful and intuitive ways to organize and manage data, while simultaneously improving my interpersonal and organizational skills.

I will create value at NYPA by bringing my knowledge and point of view to the projects. My best friend would describe me as energetic, funny, fun and calm.

rogerransomRoger Ransom is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at SUNY Maritime College. He interns in our Energy Services Implementation (ESI) group in our White Plains office. 

I chose Mechanical Engineering because I have a desire to learn about how machines and systems work together to accomplish their designed purpose. I am eager to gain a better understanding on how different types of power plants are designed and operated. While working with ESI, I hope to learn more about boiler and chiller plant design and construction, as well as, other mechanical and electric equipment.

I am hoping to get involved with some boiler plant construction projects and solar projects. I hope to gain an insight into the project management and construction management side of engineering.

The amount of paperwork that engineers must deal with on a day to day basis is something that I had not encountered before. The difficulty of working with existing conditions when renovating a building, performing a construction project within an occupied building, and of course maintaining a project schedule and budget are additional challenges.

I hope to sharpen my communication and management skills, as I work on several projects with various internal and external partners. I also hope to develop a better understanding of how different facility systems operate.

By working very hard at my allotted tasks, taking on assignments that are given to me with enthusiasm and bringing a fresh view and new ideas to the table when working towards solutions, I’ll be able to provide value at NYPA. My best friend would describe me as an honest, hardworking, loyal, and outdoor-loving individual.



Summer Intern Series: Abdoulaye Diallo & Joseph D’Alleman

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.

Abdoulaye Diallo is pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering at CUNY City College of New York.  He works in the Design & Drafting department in our White Plains office. 

Before transferring to City College to major in electrical engineering, I attended the New York City College of Technology for two years which gave me practical experience in the application of various electrical engineering concepts in design and implementation. I’m majoring in electrical engineering as I think it’s a nice amalgamation of mathematics and science. The field is also very concept based, especially the circuit design aspect, which at first was surprising to me since my high school circuit analysis classes gave me the impression of it being mainly rote memorization of methods of calculating various electrical values. Consequently, in the beginning of my college career, it was a challenge to force myself to focus on understanding concepts instead of methods of calculation, which while still important, should be placed secondary to understanding the concepts behind why circuits are designed the way they are.

During the internship, I want to increase my knowledge of multidisciplinary design packages, which the technically diverse group of civil, mechanical, and electrical designers in my department will be more than capable of providing me. Moreover, I want to improve my understanding of how power systems are designed, built, and maintained. I hope that my previous experience with AutoCAD will allow me to contribute to the Design & Drafting department in such a way as to lighten the workload for the whole team.

On a personal note, my best friend would describe be as reliable, hardworking, and goal-oriented. I’m finding out every day that these characteristics are of great value at NYPA. I’ll continue to try my best to hone all of these characteristics to become the best engineer I could be.

Joseph D'Alleman Intern Series Profile PictureJoseph D’Alleman is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He works in the Facilities Management department in our White Plains office. 

I chose my major because I am a very technical person and enjoy understanding how things work. I enjoy working in the Facilities Management department because I am extremely passionate about learning how everything operates around the building. I hope to be involved with as many projects as I can. Each project requires a lot of planning and time. In order to be able to plan accordingly for the projects, you must first know and understand the specific topic at hand. I enjoy understanding each project that comes up and the more projects I am involved with, the more I will learn about various topics.

I never realized how much goes into facility management. There is always something going on as well as plenty of information to know and understand. This can be a bit overwhelming at first, however it’s all part of the fun! I am hoping to have a better understanding of how the machines work throughout the building and what maintenance and repairs are needed to keep the building operating. I am also hoping to enhance my drafting skills and my Microsoft office capabilities.

At NYPA, I will create value through demonstrating my engineering knowledge I’ve learned thus far in order to create a new and efficient look on current processes. I hope to assist the facility management team in as many ways as I can in order for them to continue maintaining the building as well as they have been. My best friend would describe me as curious, determined and eager to learn. I take as many opportunities as I can every day to absorb new knowledge and use it for my future endeavors.


Summer Intern Series: Caroline Guttridge & Bristy Dutta

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.

Caroline Guttridge is pursuing her degree in Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University. She works in the Project Management department in our White Plains office. 

I chose this major for the many different career paths the field can lead into, including the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and power industries, as well as its application to everyday life.

I am most passionate about seeing the range of projects the Project Management department handles, as well as the various technical details, scope differences, and financial aspects of the work. It will be interesting to learn about a project’s life cycle and the role different engineering disciplines and backgrounds play in each project.

I hope to experience projects in many different phases. Most projects take years to complete, but I have the opportunity to work with some projects just beginning, some under evaluation from contractors, and some under construction, which will provide experience with each phase of the project life cycle in just one summer.

One challenge that I’ve experienced in this field is that I have not had the opportunity to gain business experience in my engineering studies; as such, I began unaware of the ways a company operates, and without a clear understanding of how the engineering goals and each business unit’s must align with those of the overall organization. I hope to strengthen my ability to clearly and concisely convey messages and goals between different departments depending on scope and detail, as this is a major part of Project Management’s role.

I will be a valuable asset here at NYPA because I am open to working on projects and tasks outside of my previous knowledge and education. This will bring a new perspective that may offer different solutions and ideas. My best friend would describe me as engaged and enthusiastic, as well as level headed when evaluating and discussing an issue or decision.

Bristy Dutta is a student pursuing her degree in Business Management at CUNY York College. She works in the Business Power Allocations and Compliance Group in our White Plains office. 

I chose my major because I believe this field has a wide variety of career choices. In addition, I am confident that the graduates of business programs can make a positive impact in the world by creating employment, implementing efficiencies, and innovating beneficial products and services. Currently, I am working as an intern in the Business Power Allocations and Compliance Group in the Marketing Group which is part of the Economic Development and Energy Efficiency Department.

I previously interned at the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission coordinating data sets and presenting safety information to drivers and management. I also worked at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a translator among other things. I am fluent in Hindi, Bangla and Urdu.

I am very excited to be a part of NYPA and learning new skills in a business environment. At NYPA, I am learning general analytic skills pertaining to electric demand and energy usage as well as managing customer relationships through the evaluation of contractual commitments NYPA has with the customers. I will also be working on the ReCharge New York and Western New York Hydropower application evaluation process supporting the presentation of allocation recommendations to the Economic Development Power Allocation Board and the NYPA Board of Trustees. Lastly, I will be conducting various data reporting projects in the areas of customer allocations and compliance.

My best friend describes me as a very friendly, helpful and open minded person.

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Summer Intern Series: Noah Brenner & Ryan Yetter

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.

Ryan Yetter is pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at SUNY Binghamton. He works in our Integrated Grid department in our White Plains office. 



I picked engineering as my major because I was good at math and science in high school and I come from a family of engineers; both my father and grandfather are engineers. I am most passionate about learning the future of the electric grid and how the residential customer plays a role in the grid of the future.

I am hoping to get involved with Muni of the Future, a project  geared towards the research and implementation of intelligent load through the use of controlling water heaters, thermostats and the charging of electric vehicles. At NYPA, I hope to gain hands on experience in drafting reports, budgets and RFP’s.

An unexpected challenge while working in my field is the use of acronyms; while sitting in on my first meeting it seemed like every other word was an acronym, which is daunting at first, but now I have most of them memorized. I am hoping to sharpen my skills of communicating with customers, contractors, and fellow engineers working together on a project. During my internship, I will create value at NYPA by asking a lot of questions, getting things done the first time correctly, being known as reliable to get work done in a timely manner, and creating strong connections with my team.

My friends would describe me as a fun, honest, nice, reliable, happy, and the person that always comes over with a bag of chips!

BrennerNoah Brenner is pursuing his degree in Accounting at SUNY Binghamton. He works in our Procurement department in our White Plains office. 

I chose Accounting for the relative job security and as a means to entering the business world. While at NYPA, I look forward to learning from my co-workers and all that White Plains has to offer. I’m also hoping to get involved with the implementation and assimilation of a new processing system that will streamline Procurement procedures.

One of my biggest challenges with Accounting is convincing people that my major is more interesting than watching paint dry. I’m always looking to improve my communication skills as well as my technical Excel skills.

By using my time efficiently, I’ll be able to help more people at NYPA complete more projects.

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Welcome to the #NewNiagara

This June, the Niagara Power Vista will reopen after an intensive, all-encompassing renovation designed to create an exciting attraction for Niagara Falls residents and tourists from around the globe, and effectively establishing what we’re calling the #NewNiagara. The visitor experience will be entirely new and improved and will include interactive, multimedia exhibits covering the natural, technological, and political history of the Niagara Gorge. Browse through the list below for specific details on each new exhibit and the technology used to create the all new Niagara Power Vista. We hope to see you there!

“This has been a complex, detailed process but we now see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are very much looking forward to presenting our newly renovated Niagara Power Vista to the public.”  -Joseph Leary, VP Community & Government Relations

“The new interactive exhibits are absolutely fantastic and really engaging for all ages. With the last few touches nearing completion, we are certain that this will be a summer to remember for a long time at the Niagara Power Vista.” -Teresa Martinez, Manager, Community Affairs, Niagara

The Exhibits

Remember These Points

Power Player Card. All visitors will be able to get a Power Player Card. Tour groups that are on a time-sensitive visit can access challenges through one of NYPA’s tour guides – each will have a master card.

Sensational Science Exhibits. These STEAM-based (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) Sensational Science interactive exhibits are tailored to three difference audiences – Grade 4, Grade 8 & adults.

Interactive Exhibits. Scores from these exhibits can be accessed at home.

Photo Op Areas. Cameras next to the exhibits offer photo ops.

Reception Area

NYPA Facilities. Touch the screen to learn about all of NYPA’s facilities, their functions & locations throughout New York.

Community Board. A large digital calendar of events shows Power Vista events as well as events throughout the local Niagara area. Swipe the Power Player Card to save event details, event flyers, and directions.

Glass Walkway

Explore the Gorge! Gorge and rapids murals surround this video and touch-screen map exhibit showing the Niagara Gorge trails from the Niagara Falls State Parks to Artpark in Lewiston, with video footage of the trails. Click on each trail to see the difficulty ratings.

Explore Solar. A rail-mounted touch screen located to view the solar panels on top of the Power Vista reception building roof.

Power Plant Exploration. A rail-mounted and overhead monitor with animated video and touch screen will provide an overview of the “anatomy” of the Robert Moses Power Project dam and power plant.

Water Wall. Feel the power of the falls. Hear the rushing roar and spectacular sight of Niagara Falls. A wall of monitors spanning nearly 24 feet will help visitors understand why the Robert Moses Power Plant was built in this location.

Lower Level

Escalator Mural Wall. Descending into the lower level, visitors pass a full wall photo wall showing the rock layers found in the gorge.

Erosion in Motion. With the help of two 32-inch touchscreen monitors, this display asks visitors to correctly stack layers of geologic strata to create conditions that result in a waterfall – and conditions perfect for generating power.

History Wall. The goal of this area is to help visitors understand the long and arduous effort to harness the power of the Niagara River, including:

Tesla vs. Edison. This exhibit features still digital portraits of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison on 48-inch vertical monitors. The portraits come alive as visitors approach and debate the benefits of AC vs. DC power.

Feature Film. This surround sound signature film, 10-12 minutes long, plays on a 30-foot by 8-foot screen in theater.  The film features a 14-year-old girl talking about energy now as well as what the future holds when she grows up.

Build-a-Dam. Two identical touchscreen stations allow visitors to choose the optimal site to build their dam and then finesse the basic internal structure of the drop and penstocks.

Upper Level

Transmission Towers and Cables. The transmission story continues at the top of the escalators where visitors will encounter large transmission towers reaching 18 feet. Graphics on the towers will tell the story of the transmission process.

Power Pool. This interactive touchscreen exhibit allows visitors to balance controlling the demand for power across the state while dealing with frigid blizzard or an intense heat wave.

NYPA Charging Station. An electric car charging station will be adjacent to the POWERhouse. The charging station will include a video highlighting the Governor’s Charge NY initiative.

Generator Bikes. This popular exhibit has been improved to include an adult-sized as well as a child-sized bicycle. The faster you pedal, the more you generate!

Transmission Table (Interactive). Visitors can build their own power network by clicking in-place coded model parts on a large state-of-the-art 4.5-foot by 12-foot touch table made of six screens.

Power Up! Simulator (Interactive/Ride). Visitors are in for an exciting ride as they plummet from the sky and into the Niagara River, shoot through the penstocks and slosh around a spinning turbine, and then zip at high speeds along high-tension power lines across the diverse landscapes of New York State

Electric Lab (Interactive). From turning on a light bulb to watching television, people interact with electricity on a day-to-day basis. However, electricity takes more than just the flip of a switch. The Electric Lab seeks to address STEAM-related subjects, drive curiosity and exploration and answering common electricity questions.

Social Media Wall/Exit Station. Visitors end their exciting experience at the Niagara Power Vista at the Exit Station. Here they will see a mix of images from the exhibits. Visitors will be able to view their photos on the wall, provide a recap of their experience and take a short survey.

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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


Summer Intern Series: John Madigan

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.

John Madigan is a senior at Union College, pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science. He works in the Executive Office at the White Plains Office.

I am currently interning for the Executive Office, in the Public and Regulatory Affairs division, under Sylvia Louie and Jill Anderson. My responsibilities include authoring executive briefings, policy memos, and presentations. These assignments usually pertain to energy, environmental, or economic policy. Joe Leary and Ed Birdie have made my experience here at NYPA special, for they remind me daily that I am not “just” an intern.

I am looking forward to a career in city planning or urban (re)development, employing the energy sector knowledge that I have gained from NYPA.

Personally, I am a car geek, a bookworm, and a wannabe rock star. I drive a 1973 MGB Roadster, which I have been restoring over the past five years. I will read most anything, although I prefer historical fiction or the Economist magazine. When not wrenching or reading, I enjoy playing my guitar, an Ibanez AF-55 full hollow body. I also have a beagle Jackson, adopted from Tennessee, and named after the seventh President of the United States.


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.


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.