NYPA Staff

Lloyd Sabin, NYPA’s Digital Specialist, Deployed With State Defense Forces

lloyd1Last month’s bombing in Manhattan’s downtown Chelsea neighborhood led to Governor Cuomo’s call-up of an additional 1,000 NY State and National Guardsmen. If you used major New York City transit hubs like Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal in the days following the Sept. 17 explosion, the presence of these military and law enforcement members was no small comfort.

The National Guard’s activation also led to my activation & deployment at Camp Smith, in Northern Westchester, with the New York Guard, which augments and supports the NY National Guard. My activation led to me taking a few days away from my regular day-to-day job on the NYPA Digital Communications team. That’s me in the photo, at the far left, taken at an August recruiting event at Stewart International Airport during the annual air show.

I was assigned with other New York Guardsmen to work with the National Guard and other military units from the Army and Air Force, rotating into Camp Smith and then deployed down to Manhattan. We were assigned to Range Control, assisting with rifle qualifications at Camp Smith’s ranges, traffic control, mess duty and security.

Some of the National Guard units that were activated had not fired a weapon in more than a year, so it was important that they went through target practice to make sure that the troops would be fully effective in real-life situations.

The New York Guard is a state volunteer emergency response force, augmenting and supporting the New York National Guard with manpower and skills. Its mobilization lastlloyd2 month was the first time it had been activated in response to an emergency event since Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

I was proud to be able to support New York State’s response to the Manhattan bombing. All of us who were activated & deployed last month took the situation and our responsibilities very seriously.

I’ve always wanted to have some involvement with the military. Both of my grandfathers served in World War II—one in the Pacific and the other in North Africa, Sicily and Italy—so I have that in my family background and hold the armed services in the highest regard. My father-in-law also served for many years in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, with many years of service at West Point, so you can say that I am part of a military family as well. At 42 years old I have been in the New York Guard since 2013, and just re-enlisted for another three years. Right now my rank is Specialist, Grade E-4.

The New York Guard is different from the New York National Guard in that NYG units cannot be deployed outside New York State. My unit, the 56th Brigade, has experience in Military Emergency Management, Force Protection, Traffic Control and other military specialties.

lloyd3It has been a great experience. The members of my guard unit are great, salt of the earth types—a great bunch of people—and I’ve learned a lot, especially about military emergency management preparedness for any one of a number of disasters.

While I’ve only been mobilized once during the last three years, my service commitment involves both weeknight and weekend duty at Camp Smith several times a month, with traffic and security responsibilities, administrative juggling work and family, but everyone pulls together and to make it happen, and I get to fulfill my desire to serve in the military and do some good for New York.

On the work end of things, New York State Military Law allows for state employees engaged in military service to be absent from work for up to 30 days military leave without affecting their salary or other compensation. NYPA and my department—Corporate Communications—have been nothing but supportive of my service in the New York Guard. It’s made a big difference and I’m very grateful for the backing that I’ve received.

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Sustainability

The Electric Vehicle rEVolution

ax176_690d_9In July of this year, US electric car sales jumped more than 45% compared to the same time period last year. Leading models include the Chevrolet Volt (2,406 sold); Tesla Model S & Model X (2,000 & 1,800, respectively) and the BMW i3 (1,479)1.

Questions regarding electric car’s consistently pop-up in conversation or on social media. Why are electric cars suddenly all the rage? When did electric cars first come into play? How has the EV industry grown?

It all started some 100 years ago. Innovators in Europe and the US experimented with a battery-powered vehicle in the earlier part of the 1800s. The first successful electric car was designed in 1890 by William Morrison, a chemist from Iowa, and had a top speed of 14 miles per hour. By 1900, around a third of all vehicles on the road were electric cars and growth continued until around 1910. In 1912, gas-powered cars cost almost a third of what an electric car cost2 and with evolving technology of gasoline-powered vehicles, they took off.

Fast-forward to 2000, with the worldwide debut of the Toyota Prius, electric cars made their way back into the spotlight. Silicon Valley startup, Tesla Motors, started producing electric cars in 2006 with a 200+ mile range on a single charge – at the time, unheard of. Over the next few years, other automakers came out with electric vehicles, but one problem remained – where to charge them.

Electric vehicles have transformed the way people think about their commutes, and even more so, their way of life. But what brought about these changes? One of the biggest evolutions is the fact that governments are embracing electric vehicle infrastructure and electric vehicles as a whole – offering workplace charging programs, installing new charging stations on major highways or in major metropolitan areas and offering incentives on EV and EV equipment purchases. Recent CO2 emission regulations are also encouraging adoption in the marketplace.

At NYPA, we recently held an EV showcase event, featuring models from three different auto-makers; employees and customers are offered incentives to “go green” by choosing to make their next car or fleet vehicle an EV or hybrid. At an event in Tarrytown, we celebrated over 100 charging stations that we’ve installed around New York State, with over 1,100 overall. Prioritizing clean transportation is moving from “wave of the future” to right now.

Another game-changer disrupting the industry is the economical aspect of electric car ownership. Though some EV’s may be pricier because of market forces, they’re cheaper to build and with fewer parts. An added bonus is that they’re also cheaper to maintain for the same reason. When prospective car buyers explore their next vehicle purchase, they also look at the comfort aspect – and electric cars can provide that with minimal road noise and an almost-silent motor, leading to a more stress-free environment. Consumers, especially those in the 18-34 age bracket, are scooping up EV’s since manufacturers have brought more choices to market while keeping prices competitive with their gas-powered counterparts.

We’re in an era where electric vehicles have changed more in the past 5 years, than they did during the entire 20th century. Nearly every major automotive brand is producing at least one electric vehicle, and charging station infrastructure continues to grow at a rapid rate. According to the Department of Energy2, if all light-duty vehicles in the US were hybrid or plug-in electric, we would reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 30-60 percent, while lowering carbon pollution from transportation by as much as 20 percent. The successes of electric vehicles today offer a breeding ground for the electric vehicle industry, and prove that electric vehicles are here to stay.

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Pratyush Kulwal & Colin Sickles

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.


Pratyush Kulwal is a graduate student studying Information Management at Syracuse University. He works in the IT PMO group in our White Plains office. 

I chose Information Management major as I believe that specialization in this field would help me to not only keep pace with the changing technology, but also act as bridge between humans and computers. The enormous information that is generated these days is of little use to human society if it cannot be processed through an efficient information system. Therefore, my aim is to design and improvise systems that bridge every possible gap between human needs and technological challenges that act as barriers to addressing those needs.

I work in the IT PMO group, where I am learning to interact with different business departments of NYPA in order to develop efficient IT systems.  I believe I would be able to leverage on my technical skills and my communication skills to create value in the organization.

My best friend would describe me as open-minded, logical, humorous, and friendly.  They would say that I like to have fun, but I am very efficient when the time comes to get work done accurately and reliably.



IMG_7525Colin Sickles is pursuing his degree in Operations (MIS) at Oswego State University. He works in the Procurement department in our White Plains office. 

My major is Operations (MIS). I choose this major as all aspects of business need the support of a portfolio of applications to assist business processes and having the knowledge to implement and configure these applications is a great first step in establishing a new employee in a company.

I am most passionate in learning about business processes and how computer applications assist in accomplishing business objectives. I hope to assist with the implementation of a new interactive customer procurement application that will greatly facilitate the contractual process.  This cloud based application has leading edge e-commerce and supplier management capabilities.

I have found that writing computer language code to be challenging, as it is unforgiving to the smallest syntax errors.  Fortunately, there are many niches in the field where this is less important as systems analysts bridge the gap between the coders and the business by defining and documenting business requirements.

I hope to sharpen my system analyst skills which includes: knowledge of hardware, software and programming, a creative approach to problem-solving, the ability to gather and interpret information, communication and presentation skills, as well as the ability to explain technical ideas clearly.

I will create value at NYPA within my internship to make sure my learning experience fits in with the organization’s overall operational objectives and well as the objectives of the department I am in and those of my manager. My personal goal is to learn how new and established applications aid the existing business processes and assist with the implementations and configuration.

My best friend would describe me as an outgoing and optimistic person. As well as, a person who is always there for them and willing to go the extra mile.  

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Intern Experience, Summer Intern Series

Summer Intern Series: Stefanie Cerrone & Andrew Wu

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.


Stefanie Cerrone is currently attending the Elisabeth Haub School of Law (formerly Pace Law School). She works in our Legal Department in the White Plains office. 

I chose to attend law school because I hope to one day change some laws. I’m most passionate about learning and understanding how clean energy is generated while here at NYPA.

I am excited to work on relicensing projects and litigation matters.  The most challenging part of legal work is synthesizing the law and figuring out how a given fact pattern fits into it. I am hoping to sharpen my legal research and writing skills while interning at NYPA.

My best friends would describe me as hardworking, funny, and genuine.

 


Andrew Wu is currently a masters student at CUNY Baruch College. He works in the Program Strategy & Development group in our Customer Energy Solutions department out of the White Plains office.  

I’m currently pursuing my Masters in Quantitative Methods and Modeling. I chose it because I like maths, and this major is all about solving real world problems using quantitative methods.

My role at NYPA combines both technology skills and industry understandings. For example, when I work on projects such as Peak Load Management, I need to learn and understand both the tech side and the meaning of this project.

One of the bigger challenges I’ve had is understanding some words and acronyms that are new to me, such as PLM, NYISO, electricity surcharge, etc, so I will need to figure out the meaning of them in the context of the business that we are operating. As an international student, I hope I can enhance my communication skills during internship.

While at NYPA, I’ll provide value by remaining fully dedicated, and contribute my skills and previous industry knowledge into the work I do. My best friend would describe me as smart and hard-working. 

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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, Uncategorized

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. 

Yetter

 

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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Summer Intern Series

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.

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