Increased Uncertainty for Consumers
Fortnightly Magazine - January 2018
Potential Change Needs Scrutiny
Buying One and Using One
The New York Power Authority took a big step on December 11 when it opened its Integrated Smart Operations Center (ISOC). Here is how NYPA CEO Gil Quiniones described ISOC at the recent gridConnext 2017 event:
“With this, we are digitizing, working with GE hand-in-hand with their Predix platform. We are digitizing and creating digital twins of our power plants, our substations and transmission systems, to really increase the operational efficiencies, reliability, and availability. And to optimize our capital and O&M spend.”
It was a packed house. The FERC Chair, now Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, was the guest speaker at the Natural Gas Roundtable’s November 30 luncheon.
He started by saying he would not discuss the Energy Secretary’s grid resiliency pricing NOPR. And with a wry smile, invited anyone present to leave if that’s the only reason they had come.
Before the holidays, Public Utilities Fortnightly held a roundtable in Houston with four thought leaders on the unique Texas wholesale and retail markets. For a couple of hours former FERC Chair Pat Wood, Centerpoint SVP Kenny Mercado, Direct Energy EVP Jim Steffes and Rice University Professor Ken Medlock had a lively discussion spurred on by PUF’s Editor-in-Chief.