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Big Data Meets Boots on the Ground
Big Data Meets Boots on the Ground

Big Data Meets Boots on the Ground


The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is highly focused on data: how to better collect, analyze, learn from, and build products around the enormous amount of information we already have from our customers. The NY Energy Manager is one of the core new business ventures NYPA launched under its vision to “digitize NYPA end to end.”

We know that big data will be a key element as we seek to transform the way we manage energy and work toward the future power grid.  NYPA is focused on solutions that cost-effectively and securely collect the right data and use it for the intended purpose - to provide value to customers. Rebecca Hughes will provide an overview of NYPA’s digital energy service, the NY Energy Manager, a powerful application capturing monthly billing data for over 20,000 facilities across New York State.

Tom Lanzilotta, Sustainability and Energy Manager for Stony Brook University, will present results from his campus’s experience with deep submetering at the Stony Brook Recreation Center. Tom will speak to his experience beginning with the identification of the initial opportunity through implementation of submetering solutions and the realization of savings -- including energy as well as non-energy benefits like indoor air quality and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
This panel will demonstrate the value of big data analytics in managing campus energy - to show the tremendous potential of applied data science in the context of the real world environment.

Presented By

Rebecca S Hughes
Marketing and Training Manager, NY Energy Manager
New York Power Authority

Rebecca Hughes is the program manager for marketing and training for the New York Energy Manager (NYEM), a virtual energy management service of the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Ms. Hughes is responsible for training building operators and facility managers to utilize NYEM’s secure, web-based platform to view real-time energy use data and to identify and implement energy and cost savings measures. Prior to joining NYPA, Ms. Hughes was responsible for the administration of NYSERDA's Career Pathways program, on-the- job training incentive program for businesses, and workforce development training programs as well as administration of research on sector-based strategy and industry engagement. She has also held various positions in higher education administration. Throughout her career, Ms. Hughes has led work on innovative post-secondary education initiatives, bringing together business, labor, and government to build clean energy partnerships.
Ms. Hughes earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from SUNY Potsdam, a graduate certificate in labor law from Empire State College, and a graduate certificate in strategic marketing from Cornell University.

Thomas Lanzilotta, C.E.M., C.E.A.
Campus Sustainability & Energy Manager
Stony Brook University

As Sustainability and Energy Manager for Stony Brook University, Mr. Lanzilotta is currently involved with over $70 million in energy conservation and energy performance projects involving all aspects of HVAC, lighting and controls. Mr. Lanzilotta monitors, analyzes, and verifies over $55 million in utility expenditures from over 250 buildings including hospital, research labs, residences, dining, office space, and central heating and cooling plants.  He is an expert in sub metering implementation, communications, and programming and currently manages over 370 data points. He creates models to verify savings from energy projects and determines issues with building management systems through data analytics. 

Professional credentials include a master’s degree in Energy Management form NYIT, Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor.  Mr. Lanzilotta was named NY Chapter Energy Manager of the Year in 2016.