Energy Efficiency: MBTA & Goodwill | Too Warm for Winter Sports
We are closing out the week with some good news on the energy efficiency front and some not so good news for outdoor skating rinks and other winter sports.
A new $40 million project in partnership with Eversource and National Grid will make the MBTA more energy efficient. MassLive reports that ‘the projects are expected to save the MBTA $2.7 million a year on energy costs, while reducing the MBTA’s electricity use by 7 percent — or an amount equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 4,000 Massachusetts homes.
The projects will include installing high-efficiency LED lighting and lighting controls, upgrading HVAC equipment and building automation controls.’
And Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut is partnering with Eversource to make 17 of its facilities more energy efficient. It is estimated that Goodwill will save more than $148k in annual energy costs. Check out the story in NA Energy for more info.
Sports Illustrated has an important piece on how climate change is impacting outdoor skating rinks, ice fisherman and the snows sports industry. ‘Data collected by RinkWatch, a citizen science project, indicates that the number of high-quality skateable days in Toronto has dropped precipitously in the last few decades. From the late 1950s to the early ’80s, Toronto averaged between 35 and 42 of those days; recently, that number has fallen by 25%.’
Have a wonderful weekend!
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