World Trade Center to Update Lighting, Expected to Save More Than $715,000 in First Year

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WTC Oculus at night. Photo credit: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

The World Trade Center (WTC) is set to begin updating the more than 13,000 lighting fixtures at through a $7.9 million energy savings contract with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

The improvements are expected to help the Port Authority conserve roughly 6.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity and reduce carbon emissions by more than 4,700 metric tons annually. The Port Authority is expected to save more than $715,000 in the first year with continued annual savings over the term of a 10-year contact.

Constellation, an Exelon company, will be updating the facility’s lighting.

The contract calls for more than 13,000 lighting fixtures to be upgraded to high-efficient LED technology, which reduces energy consumption and increases the life expectancy of the lamps. WTC sites to receive the upgrades include: Vehicle Security Center, Central Chiller Plant, PATH fare and platform area, Transportation Hub and back of house spaces.

Additionally, the “up lighting” in the Oculus, located between columns in the 800,000 square-foot facility, will be replaced with new red-green-blue spot lighting. Constellation will implement lighting controls that will enable WTC maintenance staff to modify color changes at their discretion.

Constellation has begun construction and the project is slated for completion by the end of 2019. Work in high-occupancy areas will take place during the evening to avoid disruption for the more than 250,000 commuters and visitors that frequent WTC Oculus daily.

The project will be implemented through the Port Authority’s Energy Savings Performance Guarantee Program. The program provides agency-wide available resources to identify, develop and implement energy efficiency and clean energy opportunities that effectively contribute to Port Authority’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

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