NYPA to Upgrade Grand Central Terminal Platform Lighting

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NYPA to Upgrade Grand Central Terminal Platform Lighting
Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 1:05 AM

July 23, 2019

> NYPA to Upgrade Grand Central Terminal Platform Lighting with

> Energy-Efficient LEDs

> NYPA and MTA Partner to Install LED lighting to Improve Safety, Reduce

> Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Save Taxpayer Dollars


> The New York Power Authority today announced that the Metro-North Railroad

> platforms throughout Grand Central Terminal will be upgraded with

> energy-efficient LED lighting. When complete, the $2.7 million lighting

> upgrade will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,660 tons—the

> equivalent of taking approximately 350 cars off the road—and improve safety

> for the more than 750,000 travelers who visit the terminal every day.

> Today's announcement bolsters the Governor's comprehensive agenda to combat

> climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and growing the clean

> energy economy.


> The lighting project, which includes the installation of 4,400 LED lighting

> units on all Metro-North Railroad platforms throughout the building, is

> being implemented as part an agreement between the Metropolitan

> Transportation Authority and the New York Power Authority. NYPA is also

> financing the project and providing $630,000 in additional funding.


> The energy-saving measures will save New York taxpayers nearly $229,000

> annually in energy costs. Installation will begin this month and is expected

> to conclude next year.


> “NYPA and MTA have been close partners for decades and jointly modernizing

> this iconic transit hub is truly a win-win for taxpayers,” said Gil C.

> Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “In addition to improving safety for the

> hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who use Grand Central on a daily basis,

> this energy-saving project will save taxpayer dollars and help to build a

> cleaner, greener New York.”


> “I am proud that Metro-North can offer customers safe and reliable service,

> while also being mindful of preserving our natural resources,” said

> Catherine Rinaldi, president of Metro-North Railroad. “As the first railroad

> in North America to achieve an internationally recognized certification for

> energy efficiency, Metro-North is truly a pioneer in energy conversation in

> the transportation industry. Our team here at Metro-North works diligently

> to find innovative ways to use energy efficiently and reduce our carbon

> footprint, and partnering with NYPA to install LED lighting at Grand Central

> Terminal is part of this effort.”


> Today’s announcement directly supports the goals of the Climate Leadership

> and Community Protection Act, the most aggressive climate change law in the

> nation, through the increased use of energy efficiency to annually reduce

> electricity demand by three percent—equivalent to 1.8 million New York

> households—by 2025.


> Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, NYPA and MTA have partnered to complete

> more than $194 million in energy efficiency projects, saving $17.6 million

> annually and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 88,800 metric

> tons a year—the equivalent of taking more than 18,850 cars off the road.


> The energy efficiency projects were carried out under the Governor’s

> BuildSmart NY <https://www.nypa.gov/innovation/programs/buildsmart-ny>

> program, a comprehensive statewide initiative to increase energy efficiency

> in public buildings.


> New York State’s Green New Deal

> Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal is the most aggressive climate

> change program in the nation and puts the state on a path to being entirely

> carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy, including power

> generation, transportation, buildings, industry and agriculture.  The

> Governor’s program also establishes a goal to achieve a zero-carbon

> emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any state in the nation.

> The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA)

> mandates several of the Governor’s ambitious Green New Deal clean energy

> targets: installing nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035; six gigawatts

> of distributed solar by 2025 and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030.

> The CLCPA also calls for an orderly and just transition to clean energy,

> creating jobs while spurring a green economy. It builds on New York’s

> unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in

> 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more

> than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, and 1,700% growth in

> the distributed solar sector since 2012. The CLCPA also directs New York

> State's agencies and authorities to work collaboratively with stakeholders

> to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% from 1990 levels by

> 2050, and to work toward a goal of investing 40 percent of clean energy and

> energy efficiency resources to benefit disadvantaged communities.


> Reforming the Energy Vision

> The CLCPA builds on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's landmark Reforming the Energy

> Vision strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV

> is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all

> New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar,

> wind, and energy efficiency. Already, REV has driven growth of nearly 1,700

> percent in the statewide solar market leveraging nearly $3.4 billion in

> private investments, improved energy affordability for 1.65 million

> low-income customers, and has led to more than 150,000 jobs in

> manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors across New York

> State.


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> About NYPA

> NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating

> 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission

> lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean

> renewable hydropower. NYPA 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. For more information visit www.nypa.gov

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