NS to Make Juniata Shop More Energy Efficient

Norfolk Southern announced that it has begun a $53 million energy conversion project at its Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pa., that will seek to cut carbon emissions and water usage at the 70-acre facility.

The shop’s coal boilers will be replaced with natural gas heaters and a 1.2-megawatt capacity combined heat and power generator that will produce enough electricity to cover the 16-building complex.

When completed in late 2017, NS expects the program to save $4 million in electricity costs, reduce water usage by 49.4 million gallons from steam-water recovery, and eliminate more than 29,000 tons of carbon emissions on an annual basis.

Also being added are insulation, energy-efficient windows at key locations, high-speed roll-up doors on locomotive bays, and new roofing.

“This project showcases Norfolk Southern’s commitment to sustainability and innovation,” CEO Wick Moorman said in a news release. “The Juniata Locomotive Shop has a 125-year legacy of leading the rail industry in locomotive technology, and with our energy conversion project, this shop and its employees will remain an industry frontrunner in the 21st century.”

NS said that the project follows a comprehensive review of work demands and energy consumption at Juniata, the largest locomotive repair shop in North America and headquarters for the railroad’s locomotive rebuild program. The shops have about 1,050 employees.

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