2025 Energy Action Plan

2025 Energy Action Plan

Metro is implementing its first ever Energy Action Plan (PDF) 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 CO2 emissions by avoiding an additional 160,000 metric tons of CO2 annually by 2025

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Estimated Annual Impact by 2025

money icon bullet $16 million energy costs savings
$13 million O&M costs savings
light bulb icon bullet 750,000 MMBtus saved
Cloud icon bullert 160,000 metric tons of avoided CO2 emissions
car icon bullet Avoided emissions equivalent to taking 35,000 automobiles off the road for a year

Projects Already Moving

Many initiatives within the Energy Action Plan are already moving, including:

  • Lighting - Upgrading interior of all stations and facilities to energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) lighting
  • Regenerative Braking - Integrating wayside braking energy recovery into traction power upgrades
  • Chillers - Accelerating replacement of outdated station chillers with efficient frictionless technology
  • Bus Efficiency - Investing in new fare payment systems and developing an electric bus deployment strategy
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - Designing all new and "significantly renovated" facilities to LEED Platinum standards

Sustainability Performance Targets

Saving energy is both good for the environment and Metro's bottom line. Energy conservation projects, as proposed in Metro's Energy Action Plan, are key to keeping operating costs down. Significant progress has been made within the last year to improve energy efficiency and reliability across the system.

Graph - Energy Consumption per Vehicle Mile

Read more about how Metro is achieving its Sustainability targets in our
2018 Annual Sustainability Report PDF Icon

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.