For the first time, geothermal energy will be used power a building at a United States airport. A police facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport will be coverted to geothermal power to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Board of Commissioners has decided.
The building's heating and cooling will be fueled entirely by geothermal energy, which will reduce energy consumption at the site, producing an annual 820,000-pound carbon dioxide reduction.
The geothermal conversion is one of four capital projects authorized by the Board at its September 20 meeting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Port Authority facilities.
Port Authority Executive Director Anthony Shorris said, "With today's investments, we'll take over four million pounds of CO2 out of the air each year. This is an important step, but it's still just a beginning. Over the months and years to come, we'll be investing more of our resources to make sure we use less of the world's."
The four projects total $12.2 million and include the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting on the George Washington Bridge and in the Holland Tunnel, part of a broader program to equip all of the agency's bridges and tunnels with energy-efficient lighting.
The new lighting in the Holland Tunnel will replace fluorescent bulbs. The new tunnel bulbs, which distribute light more efficiently and requires less energy, have life expectancies of 15 years, compared to 1.4 years for the existing tunnel lighting. They will produce annual energy and maintenance savings of $340,000.
The lights on the bridge will have life expectancies of 12 years, compared to one year for the existing ones. The Port Authority expects to save $49,000 in annual energy and maintenance costs with the bridge's new lights.
The Holland Tunnel and George Washington Bridge projects are scheduled for completion in 2008.