Energy Deal To Save SEPTA $26 Million Each Year


The 2012 ribbon cutting to the Letterly Substation battery in Kensington | Photo courtesy of SEPTA

The 2012 ribbon cutting to the Letterly Substation battery in Kensington | Photo: SEPTA

  • Sandy Smith reports that SEPTA announced yesterday that it will expand upon a pilot program undertaken with Baltimore-based Constellation Energy Group in which it installed battery storage technology at two of its substations along the Market-Frankford Line. In exchange for 20 years of rights to the over 10 megawatts of energy to be generated (captured from the force of braking trains) by the eventual nine-substation system, Constellation is to make significant efficiency improvements to SEPTA’s power system, saving the agency an estimated $26 million each year.
  • NewsWorks covers last night’s contentious School Reform Commission meeting, which saw commissioners vote to proceed with the charter conversions of Logan’s Jay Cooke Elementary and West Philadelphia’s Samuel Huey Elementary, as well as John Wister Elementary in Germantown, which Superintendent William Hite did not recommend. The SRC will have to approve the final applications that this vote allowed, happening in March.
  • The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni tours LaSalle University’s new $35 million business school building, which opened Monday with the start of the spring term. The 87,000-square-foot building’s exterior was designed by the firm Kimmel Bogrette with a view to fully engage its neighborhood, which it does with a striking glass atrium facing Wister & Chew Avenues, and a brick façade that concedes much to the surrounding row houses.
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