Rail

SEPTA to save $4 million yearly in rail energy costs

Posted on October 16, 2013

Photo courtesy Mtruch via Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy Mtruch via Wikimedia Commons

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) entered into a three-year contract with PPL EnergyPlus (PPL EP), effective December 2013, for the power supply to serve SEPTA's electric generation requirements.

The contract includes propulsion power for the Broad Street Line subway, the Market-Frankford Line subway/elevated, the Norristown High Speed Line, the Media and Sharon Hill Trolley lines (routes 101 and 102), all six of SEPTA's City Division trolley routes, and the portion of SEPTA's Regional Rail serviced by the Wayne Junction Power Substation.

These operations require approximately 400,000,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year. With the assistance of SEPTA's energy consultant, SourceOne, SEPTA successfully developed a comprehensive strategy for the competitive purchase and management of utility expenses.

In its most recent electricity procurement, SEPTA achieved savings through a competitive procurement process that began with an initial review and vetting of all licensed electricity suppliers in Pennsylvania. Through this process, SEPTA anticipates a reduction in electricity costs of approximately $4 million annually.

"This collaboration with SourceOne has yielded significant savings for taxpayers, and supports our primary goals in providing the most efficient and cost-effective services to our customers," said Richard Burnfield, SEPTA's chief financial officer. "Leveraging an energy procurement strategy has been a critical part of our efforts to both save money and better serve the communities and the passengers who rely on us for transportation."

This recent purchase continues SEPTA's aggressive energy procurement strategy working with SourceOne.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Chicago Transit replacing airport escalator damaged in train wreck

The train wreck, which occurred in the early morning of March 24, 2014, when the operator allegedly fell asleep, injured more than 30 people and caused roughly $9 million in damage. The lead railcar had to be cut up to remove it from the escalator.

DART takes delivery of first streetcar for new service

The vehicle, which was a designed and built by Brookville Equipment Corp., will be the first streetcar in the U.S. that utilizes wireless traction power.

NJ TRANSIT marks Newark Penn Station's 80th year

Opened in 1935, Newark Penn Station is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The station was originally designed and still operates as an intermodal facility serving pedestrian, taxi, bus and private vehicle traffic generated by the more than 50,000 transit customers who use the station each day.

Calgary Transit trains, buses breaking down more often

Part of the problem is an aging fleet, according to officials. Calgary Transit placed a $200-million deal in 2013 to buy 60 new light rail vehicles; however, those vehicles will not be operational until 2016.

Alstom to develop zero-emission train

The new trains for Hermann-Hesse railway line will be completely emission-free. In times of increasing energy costs and higher level of pollution, the development of this technology is essential.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close