Environmental Protection

Siemens Providing Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Hospital

Siemens will provide energy efficiency upgrades to Manchester Memorial Hospital under a $4.9 million contract with Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN).

Under the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Siemens, the hospital should receive a one-time electric utility rebates summing up to almost $600,000. Gas incentives on the project are being reviewed by the utility company, but soon have a response soon. The Manchester Memorial Hospital is expected to save nearly $500,000 a year in utility consumption once the project is complete.

The hospital is a 249-bed acute care facility that offers inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services to communities east of Hartford, Connecticut. Included in the project is the replacement of outdated oil-fired boilers with new high efficiency, low-emission dual-fuel boilers that will use only natural gas.The new boilers are expected to save energy, improve reliability and significantly reduce maintenance and repair costs, which will help reduce the hospital’s fuel expenses up to 35 percent. Siemens has worked with ECHN and Manchester Memorial to implement this comprehensive plan to save energy, which also includes the upgrade and retrofit of building lighting systems, water conservation measures, a new upgraded energy management system, and new high-efficiency chillers.

The positive effects of the energy efficiency improvements will be pervasive and long-lasting, not only reducing energy and water consumption significantly, but also reducing operations and maintenance costs by approximately $28,500 annually. Environmental benefits will also accrue as the program will help to reduce the hospital’s yearly carbon footprint by 5,308,357 pounds of CO2, the equivalent of planting 16 acres of trees or taking 441 cars off the road. The project is expected to be completed by June 2013.

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