NYPA and MTA Continue Partnership with Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Metro-North Railroad System

Michael Saltzman
(914) 390-8181

Marjorie Anders, MTA
(212) 878-7440

May 24, 2012


WHITE PLAINS - The New York Power  Authority (NYPA) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) continue their strong partnership for enhancing energy efficiency with the completion of a $600,000 energy-saving upgrade at Metro-North Railroad’s North White Plains and Port Jervis train yards.

The comprehensive improvements include energy efficient lighting upgrades to all four of Metro-North’s North White Plains facilities and the installation of a compressed air system at the Port Jervis yard that can be controlled remotely. The new air system has the capability to communicate wirelessly with Metro-North personnel so that they can monitor the operation of the compressors and respond quickly in the event of a failure or system malfunction.

The improvements at the two locations will save taxpayers more than $75,000 annually and prevent the release of more than 350 tons of carbon dioxide gas to the atmosphere every year.

“These projects are representative of the important services that the New York Power Authority provides in meeting the electricity needs of the MTA’s many transportation facilities in the New York City region, as part of a partnership that goes back decades,” Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer, said. “The application of energy efficiency and clean energy technologies is a responsibility for those of us in a position to implement them, so that we can lower utility bills, manage electricity supplies and lessen carbon emissions from fossil-fuel generating facilities. Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, NYPA will continue its full-fledged efforts on this front, in partnership with other governmental agencies and the private sector, with energy-efficiency investments contributing to the creation of thousands of jobs.”

Quiniones noted that Governor Cuomo is spearheading an energy-efficiency master plan to lower energy consumption in state buildings by 20 percent. NYPA plans to invest $800 million over the next four years in support of this goal, including energy-efficiency measures over that same period to benefit county and local governments.

“As a huge consumer of electricity, MTA must find ways to save energy—for the planet’s future and for our bottom line,” said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota. “Our very successful and ongoing partnership with NYPA allows us to optimize efficiency throughout our vast transportation network. New light fixtures and a new air compressor are just the latest in a long string of improvements. We will continue to search for ways to improve our energy efficiency.”

The NYPA-MTA partnership for improving energy efficiency at the public transportation provider’s facilities is currently moving forward with 38 ongoing initiatives, including the second phase of an energy efficiency project at Grand Central Terminal and its connecting transit infrastructure. Those initiatives, which include lighting upgrades, high-efficiency motors, and chiller replacements, will together result in annual energy bills savings of more than $3 million and the removal of about 10 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year.

The MTA, NYPA’s second largest downstate electricity customer after the City of New York, is also one of the key participants in the Power Authority’s demand-response programs. Under those initiatives, NYPA provides incentive payments to government customers in return for their lowering of electricity usage during the peak-demand summer season when the margins between available electricity supplies and power use narrow the most.

Over the years, NYPA and MTA have partnered on 110 energy efficiency and clean energy projects, saving taxpayers more than $9 million a year and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50,000 tons annually, which is the equivalent of taking more than 7,000 cars off the road.

About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.■It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information,

About MTA:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is North America’s largest transportation network, serving a population of 14.6 million people in the 5,000-square-mile area fanning out from New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut. MTA subways, buses, and railroads provide 2.6 billion trips each year - one in every three users of mass transit in the United States and two-thirds of the nation's rail riders. MTA bridges and tunnels carry nearly 300 million vehicles a year — more than any bridge and tunnel authority in the nation. The MTA avoids about 17 million metric tons while emitting only 2 million metric tons, making it perhaps the single biggest source of greenhouse gas avoidance in the United States.

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