NYPA announces multi-phase sensor deployment plan


The New York Power Authority has announced the first of a multi-phase sensor deployment programme that will incorporate new technologies to perform online monitoring of power plants, substations and power lines to increase efficiency and productivity and improve resiliency of New York’s statewide public power network.

The statewide sensor deployment initiative supports Govenor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV4NY) strategy for building a statewide energy system that is clean, resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers.

“These sensors will help NYPA take advantage of advanced data analytics to make smart and efficient operating decisions which will allow us to continue providing low-cost, reliable power to our customers throughout the state day-in and day-out.”

The sensor deployment programme will see NYPA installing sensors on equipment throughout its statewide network of 16 power plants and 1,400 miles of transmission lines, including on transformers, reactors, turbines, generators, breakers, battery banks, cables and capacitors.

Temperature, power loads, vibrations, pressure, emissions, and moisture data will be fed into the ISOC hub sensor system in near real-time.

NYPA already has sensors feeding approximately 26,000 points of data to the ISOC from across its power system and aims to have a total of 75,000 points of data or more feeding into the ISOC by the conclusion of this programme.

The initiative will help New York Power Authority (NYPA) transform its operations and electric grid infrastructure to become the nation’s first full-scale, all-digital utility, officials said.

“The Power Authority is taking the lead in deploying new technologies to modernise our state energy system and build the next generation utility,” said NYPA Board of Trustees Chairman John R. Koelmel.

“These sensors will help us proactively predict potential problems so that we can reduce unplanned downtime, lower maintenance costs and minimise potential operational risks. These digital enhancements will help us keep our finger on the pulse of our power infrastructure so that we can continue to lead the way in meeting the needs of a 21st century sustainable, energy-driven economy.”

“As the fundamental operating model of our nation’s utility system undergoes a dramatic transformation into the digital age, New York’s public utility intends to lead the pace,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO.

NYPA’s Board of Trustees has approved capital expenditures in the amount of $9.3 million to support the first phase of sensor deployment, with a total cost of approximately $55 million.

The installation work will begin this spring and is expected to take 4-5 years.