New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to upgrade and modernize their Niagara Hydro Plant as part of their $1.1 billion Next Generation Niagara Program intended to transition NYPA into one of the nation’s first fully digital utilities and extend the life of the hydropower facilities along the Niagara Falls waterway.
NYPA is the largest state-owned public power organization in the U.S., operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of high-voltage transmission lines. NYPA’s hydroelectric facilities provide more than 70% of the generation capacity they manage.
This $134 million control system upgrade project began in the fall of 2019 and will continue over the next 14 years – a multi-phased approach. The control upgrades will include installation of digital components for all control facilities – upgrading the control rooms and providing new protection for physical and cyberattacks.
The Niagara Power Project is part of New York’s plan to incorporate more renewable energy sources into the state’s energy mix, announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo early in 2019. New York’s energy plans include 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035, 6 GW of distributed solar installations by 2025, and 3 GW of energy storage by 2030. New York plans to have 70% of its power needs from renewable sources by 2030 and reach 100% carbon neutrality by 2040.