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Released: Jun 9, 2009
Trenton, NJ - June 9, 2009 - CSX Transportation (CSXT) and PSEG Power met this afternoon with state and local officials at the Trenton Transit Center to unveil new ultra-low emission GenSet locomotives to be operated in New Jersey.
The GenSet locomotives, manufactured by National Railway Equipment Company, reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions by 80 percent and can create carbon dioxide emissions savings of approximately 50 percent by monitoring engine idling and switching to "sleep" mode after a period of inactivity.
"Clean air is good for New Jersey, it's good for our company and employees, and it's good for America," said Skip Elliott, vice president of public safety and environment, CSXT. "We are proud to operate this GenSet switching locomotive, the first of its kind to be based permanently in New Jersey."
A total of three GenSet locomotives will be purchased in partnership by PSEG Power and CSXT. Instead of a large, single diesel engine and generator, the units have two smaller, EPA certified, ultra-clean diesel generators which automatically power up to produce only the force needed to pull the required load.
"PSEG Power is always seeking opportunities to bring environmentally responsible, cost-effective technologies to New Jersey," said Eric Svenson, Jr., the company's vice president for environment, health and safety. "Through our partnership with CSXT, we will be able to tangibly improve New Jersey's air quality for years to come."
The GenSet locomotives will be used to switch cars within CSXT's yards in New Jersey and can also be utilized for road switching service. GenSet locomotives are significantly quieter than existing locomotives; they achieve the most stringent noise level requirements for off-road capital equipment.
CSXT has invested more than $1 billion to upgrade its locomotive fleet with technology that reduces fuel consumption and air pollutant emissions. Through these efforts, the company has improved its fuel efficiency by approximately 80 percent since 1980.
CSXT is a member of the EPA's Climate Leaders program. As a member, the company has committed to reducing its emissions and leveraging other means for environmental benefits. CSXT is also an award-winning and charter member of the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership. This partnership was designed to promote voluntary reductions in fuel consumption and emissions. CSXT's fuel conservation measures and improved management of its waste stream have already contributed to that goal.
CSX Transportation Inc. is a principal operating company of CSX Corporation. CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company's web site, www.csx.com.
PSEG Power, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG), is one of the nation's largest independent power producers and now has approximately 13,500 MW of operating generating capacity. PSEG (PEG/NYSE) is a diversified energy holding company. Its other primary subsidiaries are Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey's oldest and largest energy distribution utility company, and PSEG Energy Holdings, a holding company for other non-regulated businesses. PSEG and PSEG Power have their headquarters in Newark, NJ.