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Locked into the grid

High-security control center in East Greenbush monitors state’s energy flow

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer speaks during the New York Independent System Operators Control Center grand opening celebration in East Greenbush on Tuesday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer speaks during the New York Independent System Operators Control Center grand opening celebration in East Greenbush on Tuesday morning.
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With its barriers and checkpoints, omnipresent suit-clad security and ID and even fingerprint scanners, this is among the most secure facilities in the Capital Region. It’s only after navigating this protective gauntlet that you enter a control room that conjures a planetarium-meets-NASA mission control, with a touch of “Tron” thrown in for added measure. This is the brain of the power grid, an amphitheater of sorts monitoring supply and flow and markets throughout New York, ...


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