New York Power Authority offers tours of its new digital energy center
New York Power Authority showed off its brand new digital command center at the company’s headquarters Monday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a host of political and energy players lauded the fully digitized power asset monitoring and diagnostic center. The facility known as the Integrated Smart Operations Center (iSOC) oversees operations and outputs from NYPA’s 16 power plants and more than 1,400 miles of transmission lines.
The command center is a key step in CEO Gil Quiniones’ vow to make NYPA the nation’s first all-digital public power utility and “and sets a new standard in utility asset management,” he said Monday. “By using advanced data analysis to monitor all our assets simultaneously, we can continue to provide low-cost and reliable power while making smart and efficient operating decisions in real time.”
Gov. Cuomo also called it a major milestone in the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy focused on clean energy and smart grid technologies. The iSOC will analyze power generation performance and identify problems in advance to prevent potential outages, planners say.
“With the opening of this state of the art center, we are modernizing our state energy system and creating a more resilient, reliable and flexible power grid helping to grow our clean energy economy,” the New York governor said. “This hub keeps New York at the forefront of innovation while leading the nation in combating climate change through bold investments in clean energy technology, helping to secure a greener future for all.”
GE Digital is providing the predictive analytics software to forecast and hopefully prevent equipment failures and outages. NYPA plans to integrate additional monitoring capabilities on the GE Predix application platform in the future, according to the release.
“We applaud this tremendous step for NYPA as the authority leads the way for digital transformation in the power and utility industry. Our collaboration can serve as an example for how GE’s digital solutions are purpose built for industry, increasing efficiency and productivity in some of the most complex operations,” said Bill Ruh, CEO of GE Digital and Chief Digital Officer of GE. “Through a fully integrated approach to big data and analytics, our software solutions like Asset Performance Management are helping organizations like NYPA turn insights into action and make power affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.”
NYPA began using the system to monitor its 500-MW power plant in Queens in December 2016 and has now expanded its use to monitor all of its generation and transmission assets…..