ELIZABETH – Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and Trinitas Regional Medical Center today celebrated the completion of more than $3.7 million worth of energy efficiency upgrades to the hospital’s Williamson Street and New Point campuses. The improvements were made possible through the PSE&G Hospital Efficiency Program, a $129 million effort by New Jersey’s oldest and largest gas and electric utility that is helping 29 hospitals to better manage their energy consumption.
The upgrades will save Trinitas Regional Medical Center $390,000 annually in utility costs, or about $7.8 million over the 20 year lifespan of the new equipment. Improvements include updated heating and water cooling systems as well as the installation of state of the art lighting and energy management technologies. In addition to reducing energy bills, the upgrades will improve the comfort and convenience of Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s patients, staff and visitors.
“PSE&G has a long-standing commitment to the communities that we serve, and our unique Hospital Efficiency Program epitomizes that commitment,” said Joe Forline, vice president – customer solutions for PSE&G. “Hospitals tend to anchor communities and they are a vital resource for the residents they serve. Our Hospital Efficiency Program is helping these institutions save money on their utility bills which frees up resources that they can better use for their core healthcare mission. And lower energy use translates into cleaner air for all of us to breath.”
In addition to the dollar savings, the energy efficiency work at Trinitas Regional Medical Center will conserve enough kilowatts hours of electricity annually to power 150 homes and the equivalent of 200 average size homes use of natural gas.
“Trinitas is proud to be one of the recipients of the Hospital Efficiency Program,” says Gary S. Horan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas. “Our long-term commitment to cost saving measures has enabled us to run our facility with greater efficiency. As a partner in the vision of PSE&G, we foresee opportunities for Trinitas to continue our proactive approach to conscientious energy usage and management.”
Through the Hospital Efficiency Program, PSE&G provides an investment-grade audit at no cost to the hospital, then proposes various cost effective energy conservation measures that will make substantial improvements in the hospital’s efficient use of energy with a payback period of less than 15 years. The program greatly reduces the financial burden on a hospital by providing up-front funding for the total cost of a project. The hospital then pays back a portion of the total project cost after the project is complete through its PSE&G bill at zero percent interest over 36 months.
PSE&G’s Hospital Efficiency Program is unique. There are only four utility energy efficiency programs in the U.S. that target hospitals; among those programs, PSE&G’s is the only one in which the utility bears all of the upfront capital costs.
From left, holding the ceremonial ribbon are Mike Savage, program manager, PSE&G Hospital Efficiency Program; Nadine Brechner, Chief Development Officer, Trinitas; Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, Al Faella, Union County Manager; Commissioner Mary Anne Holden, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and CEO; Joe Forline, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PSE&G; State Senator Raymond Lesniak, and John Senkewicz, manager, PSE&G Business Service Marketing, who pooled together their energy for the ribbon cutting celebrating the improvements, made possible through the PSE&G Hospital Efficiency Program, that will save Trinitas more than $390,000 annually in utility costs. The group is standing in front of boilers that received energy efficient upgrades as a result of the PSE&G initiative. (Photo courtesy of Trinitas)
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