2025 Energy Action Plan

2025 Energy Action Plan

Metro is implementing its first ever Energy Action Plan PDF Icon that will transform the way we do business, reducing our energy use and generating long-term cost savings. Implementing this Plan demonstrates how Metro will help move the region forward sustainably by providing service that is greener, safer and more reliable. The Energy Action Plan focuses on three key pillars: implementing efficiency investments identified in our recent energy audit; modernizing design, construction, and operational practices; and engaging dynamically in the energy market.

By implementing this Plan, Metro will be able to:

  • Limit annual energy cost growth to 1.7% (on average), helping to contain annual operating subsidy growth to 3 percent or less
  • Manage energy use pro-actively and reduce maintenance requirements
  • Reduce exposure to uncertain energy pricing, better manage costs, and see an average return on investment in less than five years
  • Strengthen its contribution to avoided regional CO 2 emissions by avoiding an additional 160,000 metric tons of CO 2 annually by 2025

Reducing Energy Use

As one of the single largest energy users in the region, Metro is an essential partner for meeting regional energy goals.

Since releasing the Energy Action Plan, we have been hard at work implementing several programs that increase energy efficiency, mitigate risk, and promote fiscal responsibility. Read more about our progress and upcoming priorities in the FY19 Annual Progress Report PDF Icon.

Through the Energy Action Plan, we established a 2025 energy savings target of 750,000 million BTUs. We are on track and approximately 21% of the way towards the 2025 energy savings target. Compared to modelled business-as-usual projections, Metro saved approximately 160,000 MBTUs in FY19, which equates to approximately $3 million in avoided costs.

Energy Use per Vehicle Mile graph

Efficiency Upgrades Lead to Vast Improvements

In 2019, we began implementing the Energy Action Plan by:

Completing LED lighting upgrades at half of Metro's underground rail stations, improving lighting and illumination levels, safety, and security. The upgraded lighting reduces energy use by an average of 60% per station- enough energy to power 40 homes for a year.

Upgrading chiller plants, which pump cool air into Metrorail stations to keep riders comfortable in the summer months. We are almost 75% complete with a multi-year program to replace aging chiller equipment with efficient, state-of-the-art technology. New equipment is estimated to reduce energy costs at each station by approximately $10,000 to $15,000 annually.

Purchasing 75 new compressed natural gas and 25 new clean diesel buses. These new buses come with software that provides operators with feedback to encourage "eco-driving" techniques that can increase fuel efficiency by about 5%.

Incorporating green design standards into major capital projects. We are standardizing and adopting best practices, including energy efficient building standards, design guidelines, and standard operating procedures to invest in more efficient and resilient facilities, stations, and infrastructure.

Engaging dynamically in the energy market. Last year, we joined major regional energy policy groups and continued to form partnerships for strategic energy purchasing. We are continuing to explore market opportunities, including renewable energy.

Parking Lot LED Lighting Upgrades

Metro has reduced energy consumption at its parking garages by nearly 70% through high efficiency Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting upgrades.