Wednesday, June 10, 2009

CSXT, PSEG bring GenSet locomotives to New Jersey

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CSX Transportation and New Jersey’s PSEG Power are now operating ultra-low emission GenSet locomotives in the state.

The N-Viromotive 2GS-14B 1,400-hp GenSet locomotives, manufactured by National Railway Equipment Company, will be used to switch freight cars within CSXT's yards in New Jersey and will also be utilized for road switching service. Three will be purchased jointly by PSEG Power and CSXT. These units have two EPA certified, ultra-clean diesel/generator sets that automatically power up to produce only the force needed to pull the required load. They reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions by 80% and can create carbon dioxide emissions savings of approximately 50% 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, CSXT vice president of public safety and environment. “We are proud to operate this GenSet switching locomotive, the first of its kind to be based permanently in New Jersey.”

CSXT says it 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% since 1980,” CSXT said.

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, N.J.