Hopewell Junction Resident
Honored As New York Power Authority’s 2007 Black Achiever
April 16, 2007
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WHITE PLAINS—Aisha Kutter, program manager for the
New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Peak Load Management Program, has
been named the Power Authority’s 2007 Black Achiever. She was
recognized for improving NYPA’s efforts to estimate its customers’
energy use, known as load forecasting, allowing NYPA to more
accurately arrange for their energy needs.
"Aisha's significant accomplishments in load
forecasting have improved our insight into the needs of our
customers and improved accuracy in predicting their energy use,"
said Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.
"By helping the Power Authority to set a higher standard for short-
and long-term forecasting, Aisha has shown how deserving she is to
be NYPA’s 2007 Black Achiever in Industry."
As a member of the Power Authority’s customer load
forecasting group, Kutter’s work centered on advancing the methods
and technologies used to analyze historical use, weather and other
variables to better forecast customers’ energy use. Forecasting
serves as an important element during the summer, when the Peak Load
Management Program—which Kutter now administers—encourages New York
City customers through financial incentives to decrease energy use.
The program participants reduced peak-demand by about 80 megawatts
last summer, helping to relieve the electric system strained by
air-conditioning and other needs.
Kutter was honored at the Harlem YMCA’s 37th Annual
Salute to Black Achievers in Industry dinner last month in New York
City. The fundamental aim of the National Salute to Black Achievers
in Industry is the recognition of African Americans who have made
outstanding contributions as members of the corporate community and
to present them as role models.
“I am continually pleased and grateful for having
been given the opportunity to take on ever increasing challenges
within the Customer Load Forecasting Group and NYPA overall,” said
Kutter. “I am honored to have been nominated and selected as the
Power Authority’s Black Achiever in Industry and look forward to the
Hired in 2002 as an entry-level forecast analyst in
the Marketing and Economic Development business unit, with no
previous electric utility experience, Kutter distinguished herself
by quickly mastering a newly-installed short-term forecasting system
and improving it by adding new functions related to peak-load
estimation and long-term load forecasting. In the process, she
acquired fluency in two new software languages (Structured Query
Language and Visual Basic for Applications) normally the domain of
Information Technology database administrators and programmer
Her initiative and contributions have been rewarded
with three promotions. In 2003, Kutter was promoted to level 1 load
forecast analyst and she advanced in 2004 to a level 2 load forecast
analyst. She began to take on her current duties as program manager
of Peak Load Management in October 2006, which culminated in her
promotion to that position in 2007. For Kutter, this represents a
career move into administration with a significant increase in job
responsibilities, further recognizing her “can do” attitude and
In nominating Kutter for this honor, her
supervisors highlighted her great work attitude especially when
faced with challenging situations and her positive working
relationships with colleagues.
Kutter received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics
from Marist College in 2000.
Kutter’s team spirit also resonates in the
Westchester community where, along with her husband, Jim, she has
volunteered with the Peekskill Paramount Arts Center, coordinating
benefit concerts, and helping to implement and maintain a newly
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■ 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. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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