The Port Authority is committed to reducing energy use and dependence on fossil fuel-generated power to reduce emissions, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. The Port Authority performs energy planning to advance such goals; the agency is working on a number of innovative programs to promote energy conservation and green technology, including market-based approaches to funding and advancing energy projects.
The Port Authority performed online reverse auctions for retail electric supply for most of the Port Authority's New Jersey electricity accounts. By aggregating the demand of over 250 Port Authority accounts, savings achieved will reduce annual utility expenses by more than $2.2 million. The Port Authority plans to continue performing reverse auctions for energy, including for natural gas supply.
By reducing its load on the electrical grid during times of peak demand, the Port Authority helps maintain regional grid integrity and uninterrupted service delivery.
The Port Authority has enrolled eight facilities in demand response programs in New York and New Jersey: the Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, George Washington Bridge, and Newark Airport. The agency is currently looking at options to expand the program to additional facilities and increase the reduction commitments of enrolled facilities.
The best way to save energy is to understand how much and when energy is being used.
The Port Authority has installed advanced utility meters at JFK Airport, and plans to install such meters at other facilities. The advanced meters are capable of feeding real-time data into an Energy Management Platform to facilitate billing activities and strategic decisions on demand response and conservation measures. Platform technologies will be tested in a pilot project for future implementation throughout the organization.
The Port Authority has a robust energy conservation program for benchmarking buildings, performing audits, and implementing retro-commissioning and energy efficiency projects through contracts with Energy Service Companies and an Energy Services Agreement with the New York Power Authority. Through this program, the Port Authority improves building performance, reduces utility expenses, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.