Press Release Article


Date: Jul 23, 2009
Press Release Number: 93-2009

Efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED) will conserve energy, save money

The Port Authority announced today the award of a contract for the rehabilitation of the taxiway edge lighting at Stewart International Airport to Mount Vernon-based Verde Electric Corp. All the new lamps will be energy-conserving light emitting diodes (LED). LED lighting distributes light more efficiently and requires less energy.

The $10.6 million contract will be awarded to Verde Electric Corp. which will replace the current underground wiring and run new cable through protective concrete ducts. All taxiway edge lights and flashing runway guard bar lights, both in pavement and elevated, will be replaced in accordance with FAA standards.

The contract will be partially funded by a $4.7 million FAA grant, which was recently awarded to the Port Authority.

The replacement of the current incandescent edge lights with high efficiency LED fixtures offers environmental and financial benefits. LEDs use one-third the power and have a five to 10 times longer life than the incandescent lights.

The ducts in the new system will help to significantly increase reliability. The existing taxiway edge lighting is more than 40 years old. At that time, the lighting cables were buried directly into the ground without protection, which resulted in equipment damage and service interruptions.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “The lighting system upgrade at Stewart International Airport improves the facility’s operation while being environmentally responsible. Upon completion of the project, Stewart will have more efficient lights with increased reliability that will use less energy and cost less money.”

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “Stewart Airport is a Port Authority priority. This significant investment not only will help modernize the airport’s aging infrastructure, but will save energy and money in the long run. It’s a win-win.”

Verde Electric Corp. has extensive experience in the region including air-side projects for Westchester County Airport and work on MTA Metro-North Railroad’s new Yankee Stadium station.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Candace McAdams or John Kelly, 212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.

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