New York Power Authority Announces Prototype Dashboard to Help Building Managers Reduce Carbon Footprints
NYPA, EPRI Demonstrate How New Tool Developed by Singularity Energy Can Better Analyze, Predict Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Through a partnership with EPRI, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) has developed a prototype carbon intensity dashboard that will enable building managers to report their electricity consumption and consider load management opportunities to reduce carbon emissions more accurately. The technology demonstration, using Singularity Energy’s advanced machine learning to analyze and predict changes in grid carbon emissions, shows how data can quantify decarbonization and inform energy management decisions.
“With this new jointly tested resource, we will be able to better predict changes in greenhouse gas emission levels that result from decarbonization measures,” said Alan Ettlinger, NYPA’s senior director of Research, Technology Development and Innovation. “Our research is a first step in the development of a customer tool that will provide a robust live data feed that building managers can utilize to make decisions about their energy use.”
Singularity Energy, a Boston-based company that developed a grid decarbonization platform, was selected to conduct accelerated technology demonstrations as part of EPRI’s IncubatenergyÒ Labs’ 2022 cohort. The firm spent 16 weeks working with EPRI and NYPA on an innovativeproject to accelerate decarbonization, electrification, and grid modernization.
“As a member of Incubatenergy Labs’ 2022 Cohort, Singularity demonstrated its real-time carbon intensity platform with four energy company partners. The work with Singularity and NYPA validates EPRI’s commitment to supporting early-stage companies in rapidly testing and de-risking their solutions through our collaborative model,” said Dan Killoren, program manager of EPRI’s Global Innovation Hub. “The Singularity team made the most of its opportunity in Incubatenergy Labs, and we are excited to see how they continue to support decarbonization of the energy sector.”
The newly developed dashboard combines building load data with real-time grid carbon intensity to show the facility’s actual electricity consumption and resulting carbon footprint on an hourly basis. Currently, most building operators can use electricity supply carbon intensity data from the US Environmental Protection Agency through its Emissions and Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID). However, eGRID only provides annual average carbon data for electricity supply. The Singularity platform used by NYPA charts hourly data to enable building managers to determine the impacts of their decarbonization measures and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
The project, completed in December, centered around a new dashboard for NYPA’s offices in White Plains. Singularity built the platform and provided electricity grid carbon data. NYPA provided building load data.
The next step is to further refine the prototype dashboard, working with Singularity and other companies to determine the accuracy of the carbon data from regional levels down to local levels and building new customer programs around grid carbon reporting and management. The results can be shared with customers for feedback to further the development of customer offerings around carbon tracking and management.
“We’re incredibly thankful to have worked with the New York Power Authority as part of the EPRI’s Incubatenergy Labs 2022 program,” said Wenbo Shi, founder & CEO of Singularity Energy. “We’re proud to have helped NYPA better understand their building’s carbon footprint through an innovative pilot project where we used best-in-class time and location-based carbon intensity data. We look forward to engaging with NYPA and other utilities in the future to enable them to understand and make great decisions about their grid carbon emissions.”
NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines. More than 80 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.
Founded in 1972, EPRI is the world’s preeminent independent, non-profit energy research and development organization, with offices around the world. EPRI’s trusted experts collaborate with more than 450 companies in 45 countries, driving innovation to ensure the public has clean, safe, reliable, affordable, and equitable access to electricity across the globe. Together, we are shaping the future of energy.
About Singularity Energy
Founded in 2018, Singularity Energy is the most intelligent grid decarbonization platform built by experienced power systems and software experts from Harvard and MIT. Singularity’s platform provides high-quality, time and location-based grid emissions data, and a suite of innovative products such as developer APIs, and intelligent tools for grid operators, utilities, companies, and service providers to build data-driven decarbonization solutions. Singularity Energy is a winner of the Harvard Physical Science & Engineering Accelerator, the Greentown Labs Bold Idea Challenge in partnership with Schneider Electric, the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Grant, and a URBAN-X company. Singularity’s investors include top climate tech and energy venture capital firms – Spero Ventures, Energy Impact Partners, Third Sphere and J Ventures.