Mayor Rahm Emanuel Converting Springfield Pumping Station to Electricity, Saving Taxpayers $7.5 MillionApril 5, 2012 – 8:29 pm | by Illinois Observer
Electricity is replacing steam power at the City of Chicago’s Springfield Avenue Pumping Station, as part of “Building a New Chicago”, a comprehensive $7.3 billion infrastructure renewal program put forward by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
In a network of 12 pumping stations, the Springfield Station, at 1725 N. Springfield Avenue in Chicago which will be demolished this week, is one of four being switched over from steam turbines and boilers to electric motors. The move will reduce the station’s carbon footprint, create approximately 200 jobs over the next three years, and save more than $7.5 million each year in energy and operating costs.
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