Other Technology Programs
Overall, the Power Authority has completed or is working on more than 60 technology development projects. Here’s a look at a few others:
Combined heat-and-power, or cogeneration, technologies produce electricity and meet thermal energy needs (heat, hot water, steam, heating and cooling) simultaneously at the point of use. By contrast, conventional generation discards much of the heat generated in production. In addition to its increased efficiency, CHP offers numerous other advantages, including reduced energy costs, reduced emissions and improved reliability. We are currently working with various customers to install CHP systems at their facilities around the state.
As a result of the 1998 ice storm, which caused extensive power outages and considerable property damage to our transmission equipment, we embarked on research to help ensure the reliability of our transmission system and related equipment, from circuit breakers to the anchor rods used to stabilize transmission towers. Most of the research is focused on improved methods for inspecting and maintaining equipment and providing early detection of potential problems.
Using a system of technologies known as a Geographic Information System (GIS) we are able to manage vegetation growth along 1400 transmission miles across New York State. About 16,000 of the 24,000 acres of land under NYPA’s right-of-way (ROW) require periodic monitoring and treatment through trimming and selective application of herbicide to ensure tree growth is kept well away from high-tension lines and the probability of a resulting disruption of service. In its award winning program recognized as a model for the industry, NYPA’s adaptation of GIS combines aerial and topographic maps, the location of all vegetation species, towers, roads, fences, pastures, rivers, lakes, wetland, farms and nearby building in one working document. NYPA contractors survey the entire ROW periodically, and GIS provides an efficient roadmap for them to apply selective pruning and tree elimination efforts on a four-year cycle.
Using various technologies, we are working to improve the efficiency and reliability of our hydro and fossil-fueled plants and reduce the cost of producing power. In many cases, we're employing technologies that we've helped develop:
Whether we’re using leading-edge technology or practicing old-fashioned conservation measures, the New York Power Authority is committed to environmental preservation.