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New York Power Authority enlists data analytics experts to accelerate digital utility strategy


Mon, Oct 15th 2018 02:05 pm
Contracts awarded to 10 firms to support NYPA's vision to be digital utility of future
The New York Power Authority today announced the award of four‑year contracts, valued at up to $50 million in total, to 10 firms with data analytics expertise that will support NYPA in its enterprisewide digitization plans and further Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's "Reforming the Energy Vision" to offer clean, reliable and low-cost energy to New Yorkers. The contracts were authorized by the NYPA board of trustees at its Oct. 2 meeting.
"Having a deep bench of experts to assist us with data analytics will help us expedite our ongoing efforts to realize NYPA's 'Strategic Vision 2020' plan to become a digital utility of the future," said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. "These 10 companies bring unique technical expertise and qualifications that will accelerate NYPA's progress toward becoming the nation's first fully digital utility, and strengthen our position as a first mover and market leader in energy efficiency, grid‑scale renewable energy services, energy storage and electric vehicle infrastructure."
NYPA's digitization efforts require interaction with an increasing amount of data. Advanced analytics will enable NYPA to derive practical insights from the data to optimize the way it operates and maintains its statewide power assets. Taking advantage of these companies' expertise also will enable NYPA to maximize benefits and customer value from its Integrated Smart Operations Center, and the New York Energy Manager, which monitors energy usage at more than 11,000 state-owned buildings. Of the 47 proposals received through an open bid process, NYPA selected 10 companies that were most qualified in five areas:
•Data analytics, artificial intelligence, industrial IoT (Internet of Things) and cloud‑based services to improve situational awareness of employees and increase control;
•Software applications to better monitor the electric system in real time and improve reliability;
•Robotic process automation (RPA) to identify opportunities to automate business processes;
•Digital logbook and shift turnover processes to enable better decision‑making in the plant, field and office environments by digitizing workflows;
•Augmented reality, virtual reality, mobile app creation and support to improve safety and productivity, optimize logistics and increase the effectiveness of training and maintenance activities.
View a complete list of the selected companies NYPA will work with on digitization efforts HERE.
For more information about NYPA's efforts to become an end-to-end digital utility, visit the ISOC webpage on NYPA's website or view NYPA's "Strategic Vision" 2020 plan.
About NYPA
NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit‑miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean, renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information, visit www.nypa.gov.

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