Excerpt: Gil Quiniones at CERAWeek

New York Power Authority's CEO Gil Quiniones spoke at CERAWeek in Houston during the panel "Digital Transformation and the Future of Power" on March 14, 2019:

"We're doing that as we speak. We're adding additional sensors. And we project that at the end of next year, we will be streaming about a hundred and fifty thousand sensor points. 

"We are also building our own communication network - fiber optic network - on top of our transmission systems, called Optical Ground Wire. To make sure that we get that data without any latency and capacity issues. 

"We're very excited. There's still a lot to be done. We're just getting started. But we see a lot of possibilities. We are already seeing savings. 

"Paul [Browning, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas CEO] mentioned a little bit of an example where a valve is stuck, or a valve is open when it's supposed to be closed. So we are able to do tweaking now, to increase the heat rate and the efficiencies of our power plant. Or predict something that may prevent an unplanned outage. For example, a vibration sensor that may go outside the range, and force our plant to shut down."