Constellation Wins $25.8M Energy Efficiency Contract for NY/NJ Port Authority

Jan. 26, 2015
Constellation has won the second phase of a $25.8 million energy efficiency contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates several well-known transportation assets in the United States.

George Washington Bridge. Credit: John O’Connell

Constellation has won the second phase of an energy efficiency  contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates several well-known transportation assets in the United States.

The Exelon subsidiary will install $25.8 million in improvements that are expected to save $27 million  in operating costs over 20 years.

The project includes both energy savings and water conservation efforts that will be put in place through December 2016.  Savings from the project will pay for its costs.

In 2012, Constellation won a competitive request for proposal to provide $8.7 million in energy conservation measures for the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Lincoln Tunnel.

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Phase 2 of the project includes the installation of more than 5,000 light-emitting diode (LED) exterior lighting fixtures at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln tunnel Roadways, the Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing. Constellation  also will install efficiency upgrades at the administration buildings for the tunnels and bridges including: interior lighting and building automation controls, boiler and chiller replacements, low-flow toilets and faucets, and building envelopment improvements such as caulking, weather stripping, and new windows.

The efficiency measures are expected to  to save the authority about 1.1 million gallons of water annually and avoid the creation of 3,000 tons of greenhouse gases annually over the contract term.

The authority has a network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities that number among the busiest in the country. It supports more than 550,000 jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. Among its assets are the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Baltimore-based Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon, which had $24.9 billion in revenue in 2013 and owns more than 35,000 MW of generation.

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