NYPA develops technology to monitor grid failures in real-time


The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has developed a new technology that enables the utility to monitor its grid network in real-time thereby ensuring system reliability and efficiency.

NYPA developed the phasor measurements unit (PMU) and analytics platform using $1.2 million in funding secured from the US Department of Energy.

The technology was developed in partnership with the Electric Power Group and Bonneville Power Administration using assets owned by NYPA.

The technology enables NYPA to monitor the operations of its distributed energy assets in real-time, a capability that enables the utility to quickly detect and attend to grid failures. This, in turn, would help reduce the occurrence of power outages and improve customer services and grid reliability.

The system leverages PMU data streams to provide a real-time assessment of the state’s electric grid stress and forwards intelligence about impending problems, according to a statement on the utility’s website.

The development and launch of the technology comes at a time when NYPA integrating more renewable energy resources onto the grid, as well as increasing distributed intelligence. By monitoring the grid network in real-time, the utility will be able to address challenges including voltage stability margins and phase angle limits.

Although distributed energy resources (DERs) pose multiple challenges to utilities, they are key to the sector’s transition to net-zero carbon emissions. DERs will enable utilities to expand renewables portfolio by providing flexible energy utilities can use to meet demand during peak periods traditionally met using energy generated using fossil fuels.

The project falls under the energy company’s VISION2030 strategic plan which aims to accelerate partnerships with other utilities, research organisations, and technology companies to accelerate its digital transformation. Digitalisation will enable NYPA to modernise its infrastructure to meet changing consumer demands and business models.

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Commenting on the development, Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO, said the utility “is well on its way to being an end-to-end digital utility. By using our asset data in the smartest ways, coupled with the expertise of our technology partners, we will be able to continue to focus our resources on leading the transition to a carbon-free, economically vibrant New York, powered by affordable, clean and reliable electricity.”