Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Caitlin Sanchez & Sam Gladstone

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.


Caitlin Sanchez is a student pursuing her degree in Operations and Information Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She works in our Human Resources Department in our White Plains office. 

SanchezI am interested in learning the logistics involved in handling a business and its employees. Therefore, I plan to declare Operations and Info Management as my major this coming fall.

At NYPA, I have the privilege of learning how to manage the internal controls of NYPA and its employees. I am most passionate about gaining experience in the corporate world working for the nation’s largest public power organization. I am looking forward to taking part in various projects that will expand my knowledge of the systematization of the power industry and its use of energy efficiency.

While here, I hope to learn what the business world is like outside of the classroom. I know that the opportunity I have been given to see how all departments of this organization plays an integral role in working towards a common goal will be a truly rewarding experience.

Because NYPA is such a large organization, an unexpected challenge that I have encountered in my field is the immense amount of individuals that the Human Resources department is accountable for. Coordinating activities for such an extensive community can be quite difficult at times, but with the help of the supportive and cooperative HR team these tasks become manageable.

As a full time student, I am accustomed to doing my work in a self-efficient way. However, as a developmental intern in NYPA’s HR department, I am a part of several teams here. Given this opportunity, I hope to strengthen my skills as a team member who is working for a shared objective.

I will create value while interning at NYPA by working to the best of my abilities to grasp and master all that NYPA has to offer, especially its reputable and constructive work ethic.

My best friend would describe me as dedicated and diligent. I am always up for a challenge and I do not give up easily.


Sam Gladstone is a graduate student pursuing his degree in Sustainability Management at Columbia University. He works in our Customer Energy Solutions group, specifically on K-Solar, in our White Plains office. 

SamGladstoneI picked Sustainability Management because while I studied Environmental Science during my undergraduate time, I wanted to further connect how the public and private sector and implement sustainable practices and specifically clean and renewable energy policies and investments into their operations.

I am most passionate about learning how public/private partnerships operate to achieve goals in the energy sector. At NYPA, I am hoping to get involved in further understanding how distributed solar projects get developed from start to finish.

One of the skills I’m hoping to sharpen is to be able to speak the language of renewable energy project development. There is a lot of terminology that goes along with developing project, and being able to fluently speak the language will go a long way when translating to customers, or negotiating with developers.

I hope to bring the knowledge I have learned this past year in graduate school to my work here at NYPA. I know that this will be a great place to combine my classroom experiences with real world applications.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: David Wang

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.

David Wang is a graduate student at Hofstra University pursuing his Masters in Information Technology. He works in the Economic Development and Energy Efficiency Department at the White Plains Office.

Over the summer, I’ve been working with the Customer Load Forecasting, Scheduling and Settlement, and Pricing and Marketing Analysis teams.

In my first month at NYPA, I read a lot about the way NYISO (New York Independent System Operator) works. Knowing the “big picture” helps me to better understand my work. In addition to learning the background information, I have worked on two projects: Government Saving, which is completed, and PRC Munis Energy Allotment, which is still in progress.

Government Saving is a project comparing how much NYPA charges our customers with how much ConEdison would charge them. PRC Munis Energy Allotment is a procedure our customers need to follow to receive their monthly and daily allotments. My jobs are to revise the procedure and visualize the data to help the analysts check if our customers have violated this procedure.

Thanks to my supervisor Christine Schmitt, the managers Egle Travis, Gian Deluca, and Michael Quinn, and all the teams’ members, my work skills have improved and my interest in the energy industry has grown significantly.

Outside of school, I’m a sports fan. I play soccer, tennis, and basketball, and I love skiing and swimming. I also like to draw when I have spare time.

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energy efficiency, NYPA Initiatives, Sustainability

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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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: 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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Sustainability

BuildSmart NY Facility Star: Jacob Javits Convention Center Staff

BuildSmart NY is Governor Cuomo’s Statewide initiative to improve energy efficiency in State owned and managed buildings by 20% by the year 2020. Each month, NYPA will showcase a selected BuildSmart NY Facility Star to recognize the dedication of these people and their organizations. To learn more about BuildSmart NY, visit http://www.buildsmart.ny.gov/.

This month’s BuildSmart NY Facility Stars:
Rick Brown: Chief Engineer [25 yrs]
Jim Yeager: General Foreman Electrical [14 yrs]

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center recently completed a comprehensive renovation, the centerpiece of which is a seven-acre green roof.

A key component of the renovation was the installation of variable air volume (VAV) boxes across the entire building. The VAV system was outfitted with extensive metering and sensors which are all captured by the Building Management System and displayed on an Energy Dashboard so that a better understanding of the energy profile of event organizers can be gained. This allows for temperature and air flow control at 12,600 unique points across the building, many corresponding to where vendor booths are located. Building operators can now adjust temperature based on the needs of the specific vendor, ensuring highly energy efficient operations.

While the use of VAV technology is impressive, perhaps more impressive was that most of the installation and commissioning was performed by internal facility staff. Led by Rick Brown and Jim Yeager, the Javits Center facility team was integral in the implementation of this project, ensuring a timely and cost-effective delivery. The team has also developed expertise on the control of the system, and now effectively controls and customizes temperature throughout the facility resulting in cost savings of $390,000, and a 5% annual energy savings.

For their leadership on this project and ongoing dedication to facility management, we recognize Jim and Rick as BuildSmart NY Facility Stars

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Summer Intern Series

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.

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