NYPA Announces $240,000 in
Funding for L.I. Bus Energy Initiative
December 28, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
announced Thursday that $240,000 in funding has been made available
for an innovative battery energy storage system at the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Long Island Bus subsidiary in
The project, initiated by NYPA, will reduce energy
and maintenance costs associated with the natural gas compressor
station used to fuel some 220 compressed natural gas buses.
The system, which can supply up to one megawatt of
power for up to seven hours, is one of the first and largest sodium
sulfur cell technology installations in the United States. It is
expected to begin operation in 2007.
“New York State, during Governor George E.
Pataki’s tenure, has helped to lead the nation with clean energy
alternatives for transportation,” Timothy S. Carey, NYPA’s president
and chief executive officer, said. “This pioneering project
continues to demonstrate the Empire State’s commitment to using
advanced technology to achieve environmental benefits and reduce
“The project introduces an advanced battery storage
system to improve energy efficiency, reduce costs and provide
emergency backup power for the public transportation
infrastructure,” Carey said. “We look forward to additional
opportunities to replicate this successful application.”
MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow said, “The MTA is
committed to improving service to its customers while conserving
energy. We are pleased to be the first transit agency in the nation
to utilize this innovative energy storage technology that will help
preserve the environment, improve service reliability and reduce our
The energy storage device, or battery energy
storage system (BESS), is a collection of more than 6,400 sodium
sulfur battery cells grouped into 20 modules, each containing 320
The BESS will power the gas compressor during the
day and automatically recharge itself from the grid at night when
utility electric rates are reduced. As a result, the bus company
will avoid the higher energy costs associated with drawing an
equivalent amount of power during peak daytime periods to fuel its
buses. The company had previously limited its refueling schedule,
and the gas compressor’s operations, to overnight periods requiring
a full maintenance crew and supervision.
The $240,000 in funding for the program will be
provided from Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR) funds.
Administered by NYPA in New York State, POCR funds are the proceeds
of court settlements relating to oil company violations of federal
price controls in the 1970s and 1980s.
NYPA helped to attract $1.9 million in funding from
the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the
Electric Power Research Institute, the Long Island Power Authority,
the Canadian Energy Association, the American Public Power
Association and several other electric utilities. The Power
Authority will finance remaining project costs through its energy
services program, allowing MTA-Long Island Bus to repay these
expenditures over several years.
■ 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 a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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