“Energy Efficiency for Health” Partnership Supports Hospital Energy Efficiency Improvements
February 17, 2012
National Grid and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced today its Energy Efficiency for Health initiative has enabled Glens Falls Hospital to cut its projected annual energy costs by more than $300,000.
An incentive of more than $610,000 through this initiative is being provided to Glens Falls Hospital for energy efficiency improvements to its lighting, cooling, pumping, and air distribution systems.
As a result of the energy efficiency upgrades, the million square-foot facility expects to recognize a savings of approximately 2.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 189 thousand therms of natural gas.
“Our hospital campus is more energy efficient as a result of this initiative,” said David G. Kruczlnicki, President and Chief Executive Officer, Glens Falls Hospital. “The cost savings allow us to be a greener energy partner and reinvest our resources in advancing patient care and our promise of “Big-City Medicine—Hometown Care.”
Glens Falls Hospital is the most recent hospital joining more than 50 hospitals in New York State participating in the Energy Efficiency for Health. Launched in 2010, the joint initiative was created to help National Grid’s hospital customers reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions through more efficient use of electricity and natural gas.
“National Grid is committed to being stewards of the communities we serve and to helping our customers save energy and maintain efficiency,” said Kenneth Daly, President of New York State for National Grid. “This program allows us to do that with a great partner in NYSERDA and with health care institutions like Glens Falls Hospital that care for our communities while staying competitive in a challenging health care environment.”
“The energy efficiency savings achieved through Energy Efficiency for Health is a win-win for everyone-the hospital, patients, staff and community served by the hospital,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., NYSERDA President and CEO. “We are pleased to work with National Grid on this initiative enabling hospitals like Glens Falls Hospital to control costs and reduce their environmental impact while still meeting their growing energy needs in a more efficient way.”
Congressman Chris Gibson stated, “I applaud this joint effort between Glens Falls Hospital, NYSERDA, and National Grid, which will result in significant savings for the hospital. As we look to protect our local hospitals during these tough fiscal times, it is critical that we also make sure every dollar is spent most efficiently. By reducing energy costs by a projected $300,000, that is more money that can dedicated to providing the quality care for which Glens Falls Hospital is known.”
"When you think of quality of life, quality of health care and quality of the environment are at the forefront," said Senator Little. "This is a wonderful win-win because not only do these energy efficiencies save Glens Falls Hospital money that can be invested in improving health care, but the facility operates more efficiently to keep the air we breathe cleaner. I applaud Glens Falls Hospital, National Grid and NYSERDA on this successful project."
"This initiative is a wonderful example of our local health care community working with the business sector and government agencies to address the issues of efficiency and economics," said Assemblywoman Teresa R. Sayward.
Through Energy Efficiency for Health, National Grid and NYSERDA are working together to provide hospitals with technical assistance as well as up to $10 million in funding for energy efficiency initiatives. These energy upgrades are expected to generate up to $5 million in annual energy savings.
Hospitals interested in participating in the program should call 1-866-774-8818. For additional information, customers can visit http://www.nyserda.org/HealthCare/default.asp.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
About National Grid:
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.
In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.
National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
About Glens Falls Hospital:
Glens Falls Hospital, founded in 1897, is a 410-bed, not-for-profit, community hospital serving a six-county region of Northeastern New York. With 3,000 employees, it is the largest healthcare provider between Albany and Montreal, offering inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, coronary, and cancer care; medicine/surgery; obstetrics; physical and occupational rehabilitation, and community services through the hospital and its 29 regional locations.
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