NYPA and Port Authority Announce the Completion of a Comprehensive Lighting Project at JFK Airport Support Facilities
Paul DeMichele, NYPA
Chris Valens, Port Authority
September 17, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have completed a nearly $3 million lighting upgrade at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) that will reduce operating costs at the airport by more than $430,000 annually and eliminate nearly 1,800 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
The Port Authority, consistent with its broader efforts to reduce energy consumption in support of its Sustainability Policy and operating cost reduction efforts, identified possible energy efficiency opportunities at JFK. It engaged NYPA to implement measures that would help JFK achieve energy savings.
NYPA installed high efficiency lighting in three of the airport’s parking garages, as well as in the airport’s administration building and cargo warehouse currently being used by the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services. Lighting sensors were also installed where appropriate to ensure the upgraded lighting’s efficient use.
The project directly supports Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY initiative to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by strategically accelerating priority improvements in energy performance.
“The Port Authority is committed to improving its environmental performance and enhancing business operations through energy efficiency projects and building upgrades,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “The improvements achieved through this project are the first of many energy efficiency upgrades planned for JFK and other Port Authority facilities. This effort is an important contribution to achieving Governor Cuomo’s state energy goals and to supporting his regional economic development and job creation objectives.”
“NYPA and the Port Authority have been longtime partners and we are pleased to announce the completion of this significant energy-saving measure at one of New York’s most important facilities,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “Under the Governor’s direction, the Power Authority plans to finance a total of $800 million in energy efficiency and clean energy improvements over the next seven years to support Build Smart NY and similar initiatives at local government facilities.”
The Governor’s Build Smart initiative stems from his issuance of Executive Order 88 in December 2012 that calls for an increase in energy efficiency in state government buildings by 20 percent by 2020. The statewide initiative will save millions of dollars for taxpayers and create thousands of jobs, while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Power Authority generally oversees project implementation from an initial energy audit through completion and provides upfront financing, recovering its costs by sharing in the savings on customers’ energy bills.
Over the years, NYPA and the Port Authority have partnered to complete energy efficiency and clean energy projects at 10 facilities, reducing operating costs for these major transportation infrastructure sites by more than $1 million a year and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 7,630 tons annually.
NYPA meets the electricity needs of Port Authority public facilities in New York City, including JFK and LaGuardia Airport.
The Port Authority undertakes numerous energy efficiency projects at its facilities in New York and New Jersey, with more than $30 million in ongoing projects in both states aimed at reducing Port Authority CO2 emissions by approximately 5,000 tons annually.
■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 has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020.■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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, www.nypa.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Wordpress and @NYPAenergy on Twitter.
About Port Authority:
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.