NYPA Press Release

New York Power Authority to Pursue Research Collaboration with Israeli Electric Company

Resolution to Mutually Support New York State and Israel Electric Systems



WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), the largest supplier of electricity in Israel, are establishing a partnership to promote and support innovation in the energy-sector with an emphasis on protecting the electric power grid in the State of New York, Israel, and globally.


The partnership was one of several announced Monday by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo upon his return from his solidarity trip to Israel last week. The plan supports New York’s nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that is driving New York to a carbon-free economy and the recently enacted Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which creates the most aggressive climate change program in the U.S.

“New York State and Israel are both established national leaders in power distribution and technology innovation and we share similar energy and climate goals,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “Combining resources will allow us to take on a wider range of diverse projects that will further protect our power systems and advance grid reliability.”


“IEC, Israel’s largest critical infrastructure corporation, has developed top notch knowhow and processes as well as vast physical and cyber security experience, due to exposure to vast number of attacks from all over the world,” said IEC chairman of the board of directors, Major General (Res.) Yiftach Ron-Tal. “This MOU will significantly contribute to the cooperation and partnership between IEC and NYPA, will improve our defense capabilities and will provide the basis to achieve progress in areas that are of vital interest to the two companies, and to the state of Israel and the United States.”


NYPA signed a memorandum of understanding with IEC pledging to conduct collaborative research on cyber and physical security, as well as in other areas of common interest. The joint-research effort positions New York State as a leader in the essential area of cutting-edge energy innovation and cybersecurity.


The two state utilities will leverage their knowledge, services and capacities to cooperate on the creation of joint-enterprises, joint-ventures, subcontracting, services contracts, management contracts, common research, and the exchange of technologies.


The intention is to protect the electric generation and transmission systems in New York and Israel from damage and disruption through the development of advanced cybersecurity means and methods with physical and Internet of Things security protection and real-time asset information.


The utilities will undertake sustained efforts to promote and support innovation in integrated operational technology, information technology, Internet of Things, cybersecurity integrated management, and critical asset information toward the protection of electric power grids. Further research may focus on sensors and communication, diagnostic and analytics, buildings and energy, distributed energy solutions, energy storage, grid modernization, microgrids, and electric vehicles.


NYPA has been building on its business partnerships with Israeli firms over the last several years to advance new technology pilots in support of its strategy to become a fully digital utility, end-to-end. NYPA is collaborating with Israeli firms mPrest and Brenmiller Energy in a wide-variety of areas with an emphasis on physical and cyber security.


mPrest, a leading provider of monitoring and control systems, assisted NYPA in developing a first-of-its-kind monitoring system to identify and prevent potentially costly problems before they occur at NYPA’s statewide network of power projects and transmissions assets. Israeli developer Brenmiller Energy coordinated with NYPA to test the use of thermal energy storage with combined heat and power to increase system energy efficiency once installed on a State University of New York campus.


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NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. 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. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.