How New York's power past points to our power future


By: SGN Staff

Quick Take: New York has just launched an exhibit covering 300 years of the city's energy history. I think it merits your attention for two reasons. First, if you're proud of our industry and its role in society, I think you'll enjoy reviewing its role in New York's growth and prosperity.


Second, as the press release below explains, the exhibit shows the importance of New York’s energy infrastructure in accelerating the city's economic and financial growth. "It’s no coincidence that New York City became the financial center of the world at the same time our energy and communications infrastructure were being built at terrific speed in the lower Manhattan area,” said Kristin Barbato, Deputy Commissioner of Energy Management for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.


And here's my extrapolation -- there will continue to be a direct connection between a region's grid capabilities and its economic prosperity. Those areas that modernize their grid (and their telecommunications) will be carried to a higher level of prosperity. Those who do not will fall behind economically.


Chattanooga, TN gets it, as witness its self-healing grid and its fiber to the home. Austin,TX gets it, as witness its Pecan Street Project. China gets it, as witness the dozens of smart city upgrades underway. Does your region get it? - By Jesse Berst




             Today (May 22) the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the Department of Records unveiled the first-ever exhibit demonstrating the importance of energy in the City over the last three centuries. Located at the Department of Records Visitors Center within the Surrogate’s Court Building at 31 Chambers Street in Manhattan, the exhibit will run for three weeks and features unique, never-publicly presented items selected from the City Hall Library and Municipal Archives, as well as rare artifacts contributed from the collections of Con Edison, Alt Power, New York Power Authority and City agencies that illustrate both the history of energy in the City and the latest innovations. Commissioner Edna Wells Handy (DCAS) and Deputy Commissioner Eileen Flannelly (Records) were joined by Kristin Barbato, Deputy Commissioner for Energy Management at DCAS, and Sergej Mahnovski, Director of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.