MSA has taken major strides to meet Governor O'Malley's EmPower Maryland goal of a 15% reduction in electricity consumption by the end of 2015.
In 2008, MSA replaced the old cathode ray JumboTron and incandescent light bulb Matrix boards at Oriole Park with LED video boards immediately prior to the season.
This reduces electrical consumption by 284,000 watts—a 66% energy savings.
In 2008 MSA consulted with the Maryland Department of General Service on that agency's Energy Performance Contracting Program and made arrangement to piggyback onto this established program.
Through Energy Performance Contracting with PEPCO Energy Services, MSA will reduce consumption by 19.4% and reduce greenhouse gases by almost 12 million pounds each year.
The PEPCO plan approved in 2009 will:
- install $9 million in new energy infrastructure
- provide $16 million in savings
- will reduce energy and water costs by 23.6%
- reduce energy use by 19.4%
- reduce water consumption by 12.9%
- provide better efficiency and comfort
PEPCO upgrades began in late 2009 and were completed in 2011.
The Stadium Authority also encourages our partners and tenants to purchase products that are in compliance with the Energy Star program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy to save energy and protect the environment.
In 2010, MSA replaced the video boards at M&T Banks Stadium with LED components. A major energy savings came with installation of the new high definition technology. The old boards required four 24‑ton air conditioning units in each end zone to keep them operational. The new system does not need climate control, greatly reducing electricity consumption on game day.
Energy saving practices range from the installation of this mammoth cooler system...
...to replacement of light bulbs in MSA offices.
Energy Use Continues to Fall in 2012
Although annual energy consumption figures are tallied by Fiscal Years, MSA supplies ongoing data to the State of Maryland. So with the end of 2012 upon us, this is a good time to check how we did this year.
These graphs and pie charts show how significantly energy consumption is down, and how it continues to fall as we continue and enhance our conservation practices.
If you want to view the reports from the various facilities in our complex, go to the Maryland website at: http://www.dgs.maryland.gov/energy/database/EnergyDatabasePublic.html. Use the drop down menu on the left to find "Stadium Authority".