General Electric Co said on Thursday it has been picked to supply software and analytics to New York state’s public electrical system, the largest test so far of GE’s ability to improve power efficiency and reliability with digital technology. The deal with the New York Power Authority covers the state’s 16 generating facilities and its transmission network, which supply about 20 percent of the state’s electricity, GE said. GE has previously signed software and analytics agreements with more than 20 utilities worldwide based on its new Predix industrial operating system. All were more limited, involving only part of a utility’s generating and transmission capacity, GE spokesman David McCulloch said. The NYPA agreement is the broadest in scope that GE has reached so far that includes equipment supplied by companies other than GE, McCulloch said. NYPA is the United States’ largest state-owned power utility.
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