During Climate Week, Governor Hochul announces major progress in modernizing New York City’s largest clean hydropower project, the state’s foundation for carbon-free electricity


NextGen First Digitized Turbine
Launched in July 2019, Next Generation Niagara is a 15-year, $ 1.1 billion modernization and digitization program aimed at significantly extending the life of the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant in Lewiston. The recently completed installation of new digital controls on the first turbogenerator unit included making the corresponding digital connections to the facility’s control room as part of the overall control room upgrade and overhaul. the plant, and at the plant switching station where power from Niagara is distributed through the New York transmission system. In the switchyard, workers installed digital controls on transformers and circuit breakers corresponding to the modernized turbine. This animation describes the digital links between the generating set, the control room and the switchyard. Work for digitize the first turbine unit, which started last November, is part of a design-build contract that the NYPA Trustees awarded to Burns and McDonnell and includes sub-contracts with Emerson, a global supplier of automation solutions, and Ferguson Electric of Buffalo.

In addition to digitizing the plant’s production units and building a new back-up control room, the Next Generation Niagara initiative includes a full inspection of the Robert Moses plant penstocks, the 485-foot-long hollow pipes and 24 feet in diameter along the face of the project that carries water from the forebay to the turbogenerators; replacement of the 630 tonne crane which allows mechanical work on the turbines; and the overhaul and / or replacement of mechanical components which have reached the end of their useful life.

A planned unit shutdown to digitize the next turbogenerator unit control system as part of the multi-year #NextGenNiagara modernization and digitization project is expected to begin in May 2022.

Senator Kevin Parker said: “Clean, renewable hydropower is one of New York State’s greatest resources. I am happy to celebrate the work that the New York Power Authority is undertaking to ensure that Project Niagara Power continues to provide life-saving energy to New Yorkers and economic support into the future. , as we work to decarbonize our energy system and meet New York’s ambitious clean energy goals. Thanks to NYPA for moving these important upgrade projects forward despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. “

Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt said: “With this huge investment in the Niagara Power Project, New York State and the New York Power Authority are demonstrating their commitment to the residents of western New York State, businesses in western New York. New York State and the energy of Western New York State. Our region and state are fortunate to have one of the greatest sources of natural energy anywhere in the world, and our ability to harness this energy will allow us to continue to provide local residents and businesses with reliable, clean energy for their lives. coming years. ”

Assembly member Michael J. Cusick said: “As we continue to transition our energy grid to clean renewables, it is critical that we make significant investments in our renewable energy infrastructure. grid of the future. “

Assembly member Angelo Morinello said: The Niagara Power Project has been the flagship of clean, renewable energy in New York State. The multi-year commitment to modernize, digitize and extend the life of this state asset New York will continue to play an important role in providing clean, renewable energy into the future. Thank you Governor Hochul for your vision in championing the future of clean energy. “

New York State’s National Climate Plan
New York State’s Climate Change Agenda is the country’s most aggressive climate and energy initiative, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues to foster a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Written into law by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on track to meet its goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, of which 70% is produced from renewable energy. ‘by 2030, and to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to develop clean energy, including more than $ 21 billion in 91 large-scale renewable projects across the state, $ 6.8 billion to reduce emissions from buildings, $ 1.8 billion to develop solar power, over $ 1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $ 1.2 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Together, these investments support more than 150,000 clean energy jobs in New York City in 2019, 2,100% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011, and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power. by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that ” at least 35 percent with a target of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments to be directed to underprivileged communities, and will progress towards the state’s energy efficiency target for 2025 of reducing on-site energy consumption of 185 trillion BTUs in end-use energy savings.

About NYPA
NYPA is the nation’s largest public electricity organization, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 kilometers of transmission line circuits. More than 70 percent of the electricity produced by NYPA is clean, renewable hydropower. NYPA owns approximately one-third of New York’s high-voltage power lines. These lines transport power from NYPA’s three major hydroelectric generating facilities, including its flagship Niagara power station, and wind power generation facilities, connecting nearly 7,000 megawatts of renewable energy to the NYPA’s power grid. New York State. This includes over 6,200 megawatts of hydroelectricity and about 700 megawatts, or more than a third, of wind power produced by New York State. NYPA does not use tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and the income generated largely by the sale of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @ NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

About the Niagara Power Project
Following the collapse of the Schoellkopf Niagara Mohawk Generating Station in 1956 and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in the Niagara region and nearly 25% of the city’s tax base, the Federal Power Commission issued a license in 1957 to the New York Power Authority to redevelop Niagara Falls hydroelectric power. The Power Authority employed an army of 11,700 workers and in three years 12 million cubic meters of rock were excavated. The Herculean effort led to the construction of a massive main structure 1,840 feet long, 580 feet wide and 384 feet high.

When the Niagara Power Project produced its first electricity in 1961, it was the largest hydroelectric power station in the Western world and President John F. Kennedy called it “an example to the world of efficiency and reliability. North American determination ”. After 60 years of operation and obtaining a new 50-year federal operating license in 2007, the Niagara Power Project remains the jewel of New York’s electrical infrastructure.

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