Just in time for Earth Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday the completion of Grand Central Terminal’s $25 million energy efficiency upgrade project. The overhaul, a collaborative effort between NYC’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and the New York Power Authority, is the MTA‘s largest energy efficiency project ever and is expected to realize a savings of $2.5 million per year in energy costs at the busy transportation hub.
The multi-million dollar Grand Central Terminal energy efficiency plan, which commenced in 2012, was carried out under Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY initiative to boost energy savings in New York State public buildings. The upgrades include features like new cooling towers, temperature controls and compressed air and steam distribution systems, air handling systems and sub-meters. According to the MTA, these measures will cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 11,200 tons a year, which is equivalent to taking about 2,140 cars off the road.
“It is important for us to do our part to sustain the planet, and that starts with making our mass transit as clean as possible,” Governor Cuomo said. “Energy-saving projects, such as the one completed at Grand Central Terminal, have a critical impact in reducing our carbon footprint so future generations can enjoy a greener tomorrow.”
The MTA and NYPA have already completed 133 other energy efficiency and clean energy projects around New York City. According to the MTA, the duo also has several other initiatives in the works, which will save more than 31,000 megawatt hours of electricity and 64,900 gallons of fuel a year and eliminate almost 20,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually when completed.