Federal Grant for Port Authority to Reduce Emissions at JFK

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Posted: Monday, October 9, 2017 7:43 pm | Updated: 7:47 pm, Mon Oct 9, 2017.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a nearly $4 million federal grant for the Port Authority to reduce emissions at JFK, in partnership with JetBlue and the New York Power Authority. The Voluntary Airport Low Emissions from the Federal Aviation Administration grant will be used for the installation of 38 charging stations at Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. These stations will enable the electrification of 116 baggage tugs and belt loaders at Terminal 5, which is operated by JetBlue.

"This funding will help reduce emissions and support energy efficiency at JFK, bolstering our efforts to transform JFK into a true 21st century gateway for this great state," said Governor Cuomo. "Across New York, we are making strategic investments to support green technology, fight climate change, and create a cleaner, greener and healthier future for all."

The funding is the first VALE grant awarded to a Port Authority airport. The charging stations at Terminal 5 will house 120 chargers to support the conversion of the vehicles from gas and diesel to electric. The FAA grant accounts for 75 percent of the total $5.3 million cost of the project.

JetBlue is providing most of the balance of the cost, agreeing to purchase the 116 vehicles over the scheduled four-year implementation period. In addition to the FAA grant, the Port Authority is receiving significant technical and financial assistance from NYPA, which will be delivering the project and providing an additional $200,000 grant.

Following a successful trial of electric ground support equipment, JetBlue partnered with the Port Authority, NYPA and the FAA to utilize the FAA's VALE grant program to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions at Terminal 5.

"The Port Authority is committed to best practices in reducing its carbon footprint at our airports and other facilities," said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. "Electric vehicles are a critically important way to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases. We welcome JetBlue's participation in the program at Kennedy Airport, and we look forward to working with other agency partners on Green initiatives throughout the region."

SOURCE: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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