NYPA’s Paul Tartaglia Named To Leadership Post On EPRI’s Generation Council

Maura Balaban - NYPA
Jeff Brehm - EPRI

September 22, 2011


WHITE PLAINS—Paul Tartaglia, the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) regional manager for Southeast New York, has been elected to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) of the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Generation Council, a ten-member body that oversees the work of the Generation Council and provides strategic direction for the research and development of projects benefiting EPRI’s Generation Sector.

"As the Power Authority’s Southeast Regional Manager, Paul has been in leadership positions for every major undertaking in the last 10 years at our downstate facilities, including the start-up and commissioning of a fleet of small clean power plants, and our 500-MW Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Astoria,” said Edward Welz, NYPA’s acting chief operating officer.  “We are grateful that his expertise is being recognized by a larger audience and are confident his leadership will be a tremendous asset to EPRI and the membership it serves.”

In his current position at NYPA, Tartaglia is responsible for the management of generation and transmission assets in New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties, including the 500-MW combined-cycle plant—one of the most efficient sources of power in New York City, a 150-MW combined cycle facility in Suffolk County, 11 clean, natural gas-fueled plants in New York City and Long Island, a 600-MW submarine transmission cable and a small-hydro facility in Westchester County.

Tartaglia was approved by the EPRI Generation ELT to serve a two-year term.  His nomination was announced last week in Boston, Mass., at the Generation Council’s semi-annual meeting.

Tartaglia has led NYPA’s collaboration with EPRI in several research initiatives to improve electricity generation processes.  He oversaw an initiative at NYPA’s 500-MW plant that serves as a model for other gas turbine owners and operators in standardizing performance assessment of environmental controls. He also led NYPA’s research efforts with EPRI to improve the diagnostics, troubleshooting and performance of steam generators.

Tartaglia joined NYPA in 1991 and spent two years as a staff engineer at the Power Authority’s administrative offices in White Plains and almost 12 years as the operations supervisor and operations superintendent at NYPA’s Charles Poletti Power Project in Astoria, before being named regional manager. Prior to joining the Power Authority, he worked for a private engineering firm in Manhattan. He attended Polytechnic University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in thermodynamics and heat transfer. He is a licensed professional engineer and holds a New York City Stationary Engineers License.

About EPRI:

The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI’s members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to 40 countries. EPRI’s principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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