Metro Renewable Energy Program

Since 2011, TRC has supported the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro’s) initiative to increase use of renewable energy across Metro infrastructure and buildings. 



Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is responsible for the management of Los Angeles’ mass transit system and the $80M annual energy spend required to operate their buildings buses and rail lines. The organization’s Board of Directors enacted a Renewable Energy Policy calling on the organization to increase the amount of renewable energy used in operations. As Metro’s trusted energy advisor, TRC has been supporting the implementation of this policy since 2011. Metro has over 2000 properties under management ranging in size and complexity from parking lots, bus maintenance yards, rail stations, to their 27-story high-rise office building.

TRC approached the project with a team of in-house and contracted experts, with the following goals: first, optimize the production of the existing 2 MW of installed PV systems; identify the potential for expanding PV generation, and then selecting the most optimal sites; and develop a strategy for structuring future deals, and developing large scale PPA procurements.

As part of our work with the existing systems, TRC developed a comprehensive preventative maintenance program to guide the actions necessary to maintain the existing infrastructure. TRC developed basic and advanced training courses, and deployed this training union staff. Standardized procedures, as well as reporting, are in effect. The TRC team also wrote a scope of work and issued a bid for repairs to fix many technical issues with the current systems.

TRC’s approach to new generation is comprehensive and process oriented. The team analyzed (via virtual simulation) every Metro site for PV potential using GIS and Google Maps. The team then designed a detailed selection criteria to identify the most promising sites for PV and Metro’s goals. Next, TRC performed audits to identify interconnection points and sharpen cost and benefit calculations. TRC and Metro identified three sites for their cost effective development potential, and TRC authored a PPA procurement. Legal counsel and operational departments have vetted the sites, and they are targeting for completion in early 2016.

TRC continues to work with Metro to implement their goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by: increasing renewable energy use by increasing on-site generation, and increasing the renewable mix of Metro’s energy sourcing.

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