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CAPITOL PRESSROOM | Keeping NY’s power on during COVID19

Apr. 15, 2020 | Rich Dewey, President and CEO of the New York Independent System Operator, discussed the precautions his organization is taking to ensure New York’s power grid is reliable.


Apr. 10, 2020 | Perhaps it’s fitting that two decades ago, as a college student majoring in mechanical engineering, Emilie Nelson’s curriculum included such far-flung subjects as electronics, economics, history and women’s studies. Today, as executive vice president of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), she is overseeing a sea change in the energy industry that encapsulates all of those topics.

NEWSY | Video: Protecting the Power Grid From Covid-19

Apr. 07, 2020 | Energy workers sequestering at facilities to keep New York's power grid running, fight cyber attacks, and deal with industry financial challenges. Thirty-seven workers from the company that manages New York’s power grid have voluntarily left their families and homes to keep the state’s electricity flowing. They’re living in trailers and working 12-hour shifts in control rooms that get deep-cleaned to ward off the coronavirus. And there is no end date in sight for the isolated staff.

WALL STREET JOURNAL | New York Utility Workers Live at Job Site During Coronavirus Crisis

Apr. 05, 2020 | While the novel coronavirus outbreak has forced many New Yorkers to do their jobs from home, a small number of essential employees are doing the opposite: living at their worksite. Since March 23, operators of the state’s power grid have been camped out in parking lots adjacent to the plants and control rooms that must be staffed 24/7 to keep New York’s lights on.

ABC NEWS | To keep the lights on during COVID-19 emergency, power company workers sequester in the office

Apr. 02, 2020 | Think how much worse this coronavirus crisis would be if the power went out. That’s one of the reasons utility operators, the people who run your electricity service, are taking steps to sequester employees in offices, power stations, and control rooms to keep everything running.

TIMES UNION | Isolated from world and COVID-19, Capital Region-based energy grid workers keep power on

Apr. 01, 2020 | Countless people are working from home these days thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. For Jarrett O’Donnell, Jon Sawyer and 35 others, the equation is reversed and their workplace has become their temporary home.

NBC NEWS | Prepared for the worst, electrical grid workers isolate as coronavirus spreads

Mar. 31, 2020 | Just outside of Albany, New York, 37 electrical grid operators and support staffers are currently cut off from outside human contact, living two to a trailer, to make sure the state’s power stays on.

GREENTECH MEDIA | New York’s Coronavirus Threat Pushes Grid Operators to Work and Live in Isolation

Mar. 31, 2020 | As New York struggles with the country’s worst outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s grid operator has taken an extreme step that other parts of the country may have to consider in the weeks ahead: asking critical employees to live and work at the control centers that keep the power grid operating, unsure when they’ll be able to come home.

POWER MAGAZINE | NYISO Workers Now Living at Grid Control Centers

Mar. 30, 2020 | The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), one of the nation’s nine regional transmission organizations (RTOs) that operate the power grid, now has some of its staff living at two of its control centers in suburban Albany, New York. The move comes as other RTOs and utilities consider having staff shelter-in-place at their respective operations hubs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

E&E NEWS | 'We have never done this before.' Inside N.Y.'s grid lockdown

Mar. 30, 2020 | New York's historic decision to require workers to live at facilities operating the state's power grid during the novel coronavirus pandemic may be a test case for the rest of the nation. For the first time, the grid operator has asked more than three dozen workers to live 24 hours, seven days a week at two control centers in the suburbs of Albany, N.Y.

BLOOMBERG | New York Grid Operators Now Living Onsite to Keep Power Flowing

Mar. 27, 2020 | Workers charged with keeping the lights on in New York are now living on-site to avoid the coronavirus. Four teams of control-room operators for the New York Independent System Operator moved into trailers at two sites this week, a voluntary sequestration that could last weeks.

E&E NEWS | N.Y. hit with 'unprecedented' electricity demand shift

Mar. 26, 2020 | New York's grid operator is seeing historic changes in demand for power as the new coronavirus spreads throughout the state and beyond, grinding travel and daily activities to a halt.

UTILITY DIVE | Utilities beginning to see the load impacts of COVID-19 as economic shutdown widens

Mar. 23, 2020 | It has been less than a week since states and major cities began instituting quarantines along with stay-home and shelter-in-place directives to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

NYLCV | A Framework for Carbon Pricing

Mar. 19, 2020 | The New York League of Conservation Voters recently joined Carbon Free New York, a coalition of various organizations that supports implementing a social cost of carbon dioxide (CO2) to help decarbonize New York’s electricity sector.

PRESS RELEASE | NYISO Suspends In-Person Stakeholder Meetings in Response to COVID-19

Mar. 09, 2020 | Meetings will be held by teleconference. Additional measures taken in accordance with the NYISO's pre-existing Pandemic Response Plan. Rensselaer, NY - The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) today announced the indefinite suspension of all in-person stakeholder meetings in order to protect staff and visitors from exposure to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. All stakeholder meetings will be conducted via teleconference until further notice.

POLITICO | New York grid operator: FERC mitigation rules won't kill clean energy

Mar. 03, 2020 | Recent federal regulatory decisions decried by renewable developers as a body blow to the state’s clean energy goals will not impede New York’s clean energy progress in the near term, the chief of the New York Independent System Operator told POLITICO.

FORBES | New York Power Grid Proposes Adding Carbon Cost to Market Prices for Electricity

Feb. 20, 2020 | The tension between aggressive state-level carbon reduction goals and wholesale competitive electricity markets looks like it may to come to a head in 2020.

PRESS RELEASE | NYISO Names David R. Hill to Board of Directors

Feb. 18, 2020 | Rensselaer, NY - The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) announced today the election of David R. Hill to its Board of Directors, effective April 21, 2020.

POWER GRID INTERNATIONAL | A new class year: the changing nature of power generation in New York state, and how NYISO is accommodating it

Feb. 17, 2020 | The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has four distinct missions. We maintain and enhance the reliability of New York’s electric grid while operating open and competitive wholesale electricity markets. And we plan for the power system needs of the future while providing data and analysis pertaining to New York’s power system to policymakers and stakeholders.

SYRACUSE POST STANDARD | NY can lead the way on carbon pricing (Your letters)

Feb. 11, 2020 | We read with interest the recent commentary in support of a national carbon price (“Local action isn’t enough; we need carbon pricing to fight climate change,” Feb. 6, 2020). While there is no doubt a national approach would have a far greater impact, the likelihood of that happening in today’s political climate is slim. However, here in New York state we have a homegrown plan that is ready for implementation.

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