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NYPA extends its smart operations center services

The New York Power Authority is offering an asset health monitoring service that enables centralized management of power plants, sub-stations, and power lines. The service is being offered for use by its power supply customers, including municipal utilities, co-ops, and manufacturers.

The Massena Electric Department in northern New York will be the first customer to pilot the services provided by NYPA’s Integrated Smart Operations Center (iSOC).

NYPA will pilot the service for Massena Electric and monitor select sub-station assets, including a transformer and two battery banks. The pilot aims to reduce the cost of asset management and minimize business disruptions caused by unanticipated asset failures. NYPA will design and install sensors to identify “bad actor” occurrences and notify local personnel of any irregularities.

NYPA said that traditional asset management practices rely on manual processes, institutional knowledge, and scheduled inspections and analysis. The industry, however, has continued to move away from the pure decentralized approach as utilities invest in near-real-time monitoring, improved data quality and standardized analysis processes.

The power agency’s iSOC system has more than 63,000 data points that currently monitor 283 power generation and transmission assets across the state. Monitoring helps identify problems and issues before they occur in an effort to prevent potential service outages and reduce repair and replacement costs.

Online monitoring of power plants, sub-stations and transmission lines will increase plant efficiency and productivity, reduce unplanned downtime, lower maintenance costs and minimize operational risks.

NYPA said the service is available to all municipal utilities, coops and manufacturing customers served by NYPA. It is offering customers the ability to centrally manage specific asset health alarms and alerts, while maintaining current utility decision-making such as approving and scheduling maintenance and ordering parts.

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