Power Authority's Transmission Unit Selects Outstanding
April 30, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—H. Kenneth Haase, senior vice president of the New York
Power Authority’s (NYPA) Transmission Business unit, has announced the
selection of Derrick Piper as Employee of the Fourth Quarter 2001 and Len
Panzica, Mike Parisi, Mark Graham, Carmine Vecchione, and Gary Eng as
Employees of the Year 2001. NYPA is the largest transmission owner in New
York State. The Transmission unit is responsible for transmission planning,
operations planning and transmission services, interconnection agreements,
and the operation of the Power Authority’s Energy Control Center (ECC) in
Marcy and its relationship to the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)—the
non-profit that administers the wholesale electricity market and coordinates
operation of the high voltage transmission system in the state.
The staff members were selected for this honor by the Transmission unit’s
Employee Recognition Committee which is a group of peers who volunteer to
serve and who make their decisions based on nominations submitted from
within their unit. This in-house recognition program is sponsored by the
Power Authority at all its offices and facilities state-wide.
Piper, Electrical Engineer II, was selected because of his commitment to
and exceptional work with his NYPA colleagues and with professionals from
outside organizations involved in NYPA projects. He has been an
instrumental force at the ECC for the PowerNow! In-City Generation Project.
The In-City Generation Project installed, in an expedited timeframe, ten
gas-turbines in New York City and one on Long Island that are helping to
avert serious power supply problems for these areas, and in addition, helped
to keep the lights on there during last summer’s record-breaking heat wave.
Piper has been responsible for creating technical models of the gas
turbines for the ECC’s Energy Management System (EMS) and also creating
real-time EMS displays allowing the ECC operators to run the gas turbines.
He worked directly with the NYISO to provide the real-time information
required to operate the gas turbines. He also helped develop agreements
with other utilities for operation, coordination and interconnection of the
When the ECC brought aboard a new Siemens computer, it came equipped with
Advanced Applications Technology. Piper’s knowledge of this technology is
beneficial to all operators, and directly affects all of NYPA’s project
operations and the entire power grid.Piper has been with the Power Authority
for 10 years and is a resident of Russia.
Len Panzica, Senior Engineer II; Mike Parisi, Senior
Electrical Engineer I; Mark Graham, Senior System Planning Engineer I;
Carmine Vecchione, System Planning Engineer II and Gary Eng, Electrical
Engineer , were selected as Employees of the Year 2001 for their outstanding
work on the Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS)
Project. While the effort to realize this project involved the hard work
and dedication of many people throughout NYPA, these individuals exhibited
outstanding leadership and generously shared their expertise to help achieve
this milestone in transmission work.
NYPA’s Convertible Static Compensator (CSC), located at
the ECC, is a state-of-the-art FACTS device that provides an advancement of
an emerging technology to use existing transmission lines to carry more
electricity and it also provides an immediate favorable effect on the
reliability of New York’s electric grid.
Parisi and Panzica were involved in significant efforts
to bring Phase I of the CSC to fruition. After learning how to safely and
effectively operate the FACTS device, which provides transmission system
voltage support and regulation, they wrote instructions for on-shift
personnel and supervised on-line field testing. They also visited American
Electric Power’s FACTS device in Kentucky, revised operating instructions
for the ECC senior system operators and held training sessions for all ECC
operators which they developed and taught.
On-line field tests of Phase I of the CSC were held
February 6-27, 2001 and were coordinated by Panzica. While many NYPA staff
members were involved, the Transmission unit representatives,from NYPA’s
White Plains office, at the tests were Mark Graham, Carmine Vecchione and
Gary Eng. They played key roles in analyzing test results, comparing them
to study analyses they had performed prior to the tests, and recommending
additional tests or modifications to the planned test schedule. They split
three weeks of testing into shifts to provide full support at the site
during the entire field testing period.
Phase I of the CSC was successfully placed into
commercial operation on April 2, 2001 when it was accepted by the NYISO for
increasing transmission capacity between Utica and Albany by 60 MW. The
extra effort by all resulted in the use of this device for Summer 2001.
Panzica, a Clinton resident, has been with the Power
Authority for 29 years with service, at several NYPA locations, in
electrical engineering positions of increasing responsibility, and achieved
his current position 4 years ago. He is an active community volunteer
including service as an Adult Leader, Troop 9 of the Boy Scouts of America;
Team Assistant, Clinton Youth Hockey Association; Assistant Coach, Clinton
Little League; Assistant Referee, American Youth Soccer Organization and
Member, Clinton Central School PTA. His wife, Karen Sullivan, is a former
employee in NYPA’s Marketing Dept. They have four children, Lindsay, Derek,
Kevin and Heather.
Parisi, a Deerfield resident, has been with the Power
Authority for 14 years having served in a number of electrical engineering
positions at the ECC, where he presently works, and also in NYPA’s New York
City office. He and his wife, Bridget, have two children, Luke and Claire.
Graham, a resident of Whitestone, has served with the
Power Authority for 12 years. He has a son, Ryan.
Vecchione, a licensed NY State Professional Engineer,
resides in New Jersey. He has 12 years of service with the Power Authority
including the last seven years in his present position, and he currently
works in NYPA’s White Plains office in the operations planning group.
Eng, who also works in the White Plains office, moved
this past December to NYPA’s Power Generation unit from the Transmission
unit where he earned this award serving as an Electrical Engineer I. During
his 15 years of NYPA service, he also worked in Nuclear Generation as an
Associate Electrical Engineer.