NYPA Press Release

NYPA Partners with Port Authority to Replace Lights Throughout One World Trade Center

For Immediate Release: 04/25/22

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Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Upgrades to Result in Energy Cost Savings and Emissions Reductions


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced that energy-efficient LED lights will be installed in One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States.


“NYPA and Port Authority are partnering to upgrade and modernize the lighting at One World Trade Center, which lights up lower Manhattan as a symbol of American resiliency and ingenuity,” said NYPA Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll. “The lighting improvements implemented throughout the 1,776-foot tower by NYPA will increase the building’s energy efficiency, lowering operating and maintenance costs for Port Authority while also reducing the building’s carbon footprint.”


The nearly $3 million project, which is being funded and implemented by NYPA, calls for the replacement of more than 5,800 fluorescent light fixtures with state-of-the-art energy efficient LED lights and will reduce carbon emissions by more than 760 metric tons—the equivalent of taking more than 170 cars off the road. The new lights will be installed in the tower’s corridors, hallways and mechanical equipment rooms and reduce the tower’s maintenance and operating costs. The installation is set to begin this summer and complete by the end of 2023.


“The Port Authority is working diligently to achieve its 50 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal by 2030 and its net-zero goal by 2050, and is committed to pursuing the highest levels of energy efficiency and sustainability at the World Trade Center campus and across all of our facilities,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “We are delighted to partner with NYPA to advance building efficiency with the installation of new LED lighting at One WTC.”


The Power Authority support for the lighting project stems from the Lower Manhattan Energy Independence Initiative, a $25 million fund established by New York State in 2006 to provide support to lower Manhattan with energy efficiency improvement projects in the area.


The new lights have a ten-year life span and will reduce energy use by 60%. One World Trade Center was built in 2006.


The lighting project builds on a NYPA-Port Authority announcement last year to install LED lighting inside the September 11 Memorial & Museum.


Buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, responsible for 43 percent of annual emissions statewide. Integrating energy efficiency and electrification measures in new and existing buildings will reduce carbon pollution and help achieve more sustainable, healthy, and comfortable buildings in support of the state's ambitious goal to achieve 2 million climate-friendly homes by 2030. Through New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Power Authority and utility programs, more than $6.8 billion is being invested to decarbonize buildings to achieve the state's decarbonization goals. By improving energy efficiency in buildings and including onsite storage, renewables, and electric vehicle charging equipment, the state will reduce carbon pollution and advance the target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion Btus by 2025, the equivalent of powering 1.8 million homes. Energy efficiency accounts for 75 percent of the clean energy jobs across New York.




New York State's Nation-Leading Climate Plan

New York State's nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on a path to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York's unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy including over $33 billion in 102 large-scale renewable and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions, $1.8 billion to scale up solar, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Combined, these investments are supporting nearly 158,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector in 2020, a 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011 and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advance progress towards the state's 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy savings.


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