The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has installed more than 250 smart meters across its state-wide system of generation and transmission assets.
The upgrade was carried out at 16 generating facilities, more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines and 34 substations.
Installed as part of the NYPA’s smart generation and transmission strategic initiative, the smart meters will enable NYPA to balance the electricity generation with the real-time energy needs of its customers and also ensure intended power grid operations.
NYPA president and CEO Gil Quiniones said: “The upgrades to smart meters across NYPA’s generation and transmission fleet help improve reliability by providing us with more data and enhanced visibility of operations.
“This is data that can be used by NYPA employees, our municipal and rural electric cooperative customers, the New York Independent System Operator and other enterprises to make the power system more accurate and responsive to changing conditions.”
The upgrade is expected to support the NYPA’s goal to become the nation’s first end‑to‑end digital utility through the digitisation of all equipment and processes from the point of power generation through its delivery.
Installation of smart meters at all of the NYPA’s power plants, transmission facilities, and large‑customer interfaces has been carried out since 2012. Each installation requires two smart meters to be connected at an interface point, which allows for redundancy and automatic validation between meters.
After the installation of the smart meters is completd, the NYPA also plans to start installations of smart meter equipment at customer substations that link the community-owned municipal and cooperative systems to the power grid. This would allow the NYPA to access data from the meter to quickly view power quality readings, if for example; only one community-owned consumer was experiencing voltage problems.
Additionally, the NYPA noted that it plans to invest in sub-metering at its non-power generating facilities, including its administrative office building in White Plains.