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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdmc/13131820805/">Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Photo: Senate Democrats, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer opens NY's new utility control center

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has formally opened the state's new high-tech utility control center near Albany that aims to improve the efficiency of the state's electrical grid.

The Democrat attended the official opening of the $38 million center Tuesday. Known as the New York Independent System Operator Utility Control Center, the facility is intended to better coordinate electrical production with demand.

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Schumer's office says the center wills serve as a “central nervous system” for the state's power grid. The Senator says the facility will reduce electrical costs and blackouts and make power more reliable.

The new center is in Rensselaer, across the Hudson River from Albany. The previous control center in Guilderland will now serve as a backup to the new facility.

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