N.Y. Power Authority Announces Completion of $5.4 Million Boiler Replacement at Coney Island Train Yard

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Paul DeMichele
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April 9, 2014


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has completed a $5.4 million boiler plant replacement project at the Coney Island Train Yard that will reduce operating costs at the Brooklyn train yard by nearly $400,000 annually and will result in the avoidance of approximately 1,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere every year.

The energy efficiency project directly supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Build Smart NY initiative to increase energy efficiency in public buildings by strategically accelerating priority improvements in energy performance.

“Energy efficiency projects like the one carried at the Coney Island Train Yard share in the goal of both saving energy and improving important infrastructure at key buildings in New York State,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “The Power Authority has plans to finance and carry out hundreds of millions of dollars in energy efficiency projects every year in support of Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY initiative, installing energy-saving technologies in public facilities throughout the state.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), in response to the need to replace the train yard’s existing boilers, engaged NYPA to implement the energy-saving measures.

“This initiative is yet another way the MTA is playing a vital role in reducing carbon and evidence that investing in public transportation is one of the best strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast.

NYPA undertook a multifaceted demolition of the existing boiler plant and removed the facility’s original steam boilers—which date back to 1926—replacing them with three new, high-efficiency boilers.

The Power Authority utilized two New York City firms—AKS International and Source One—to complete the energy efficiency project, which called for a variety of skilled professionals that included engineers, construction managers and various craft workers, such as pipe-fitters, welders and demolition specialists.

The Power Authority 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.

In 2010, NYPA and MTA partnered on the installation of a solar thermal system for providing hot water for the Coney Island Train Yard. The project, at the complex’s maintenance facility where many of the city’s subway cars are maintained and repaired, was part of a $1.1 million energy-saving upgrade at the train yard that also included lighting upgrades.

Over the years, NYPA and MTA have partnered to complete 125 energy efficiency and clean energy projects, reducing operating costs for those transportation infrastructure sites by nearly $13.4 million a year and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70,000 tons annually.

NYPA meets the electricity needs of MTA’s public facilities in New York City, including the Coney Island Train Yard.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 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 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 visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.