Juniata energy conversion: a sustainable business solution
Norfolk Southern in 2015 launched a two-year energy-conversion project at its Juniata Locomotive Shop that demonstrates the company’s commitment to improved operating efficiencies and stewardship of resources.
The $53 million project replaces the facility’s heating and power systems, installing 21st century energy technologies to extend the life of a locomotive complex that has served America’s freight rail needs since the late 1800s.
During 2015, NS replaced three 1950s coal-fired burners with cleaner, more efficient natural gas heaters. The company began installing a 1.2 megawatt combined heat and power unit that runs on natural gas and generates enough electricity to carry the complex’s base power load – reducing reliance on the regional utility’s power grid.
The project significantly reduces NS’ environmental impacts. In 2015, largely as a result of the Juniata conversion, NS reduced by 39 percent its Scope 1 emissions associated with the company’s use of coal for energy. NS generated 17,464 metric tons of CO₂ equivalent emissions from coal use, down from 28,570 metric tons in 2014. In addition, replacement of leaky pipes that transport steam water for shop operations is expected to save about 49 million gallons of water annually.