Siemens to upgrade energy efficiency at Connecticut hospital

Manchester Memorial Hospital should receive one-time electric utility rebates totaling $592,451 and, in addition, is also awaiting gas incentives on the project that are being reviewed by the utility company

Buffalo Grove, Ill., October 19, 2012 — Under a comprehensive $4.9 million energy savings performance contract with Eastern Connecticut Health Network, the Building Technologies division of Siemens announced that Manchester Memorial Hospital should save nearly $500,000 a year in utility consumption.

Manchester Memorial Hospital should receive one-time electric utility rebates totaling $592,451 and, in addition, is also awaiting gas incentives on the project that are being reviewed by the utility company.

An affiliate of ECHN, Manchester Memorial Hospital, in Manchester, Conn., is a 249-bed acute care facility offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services to communities east of Hartford, Conn.

At the heart of the project, slated for completion by June 2013, is the replacement of aging oil-fired boilers with four new, extremely efficient, high-pressure low-emission dual-fuel boilers that will be primarily fired by natural gas.

Siemens is managing all aspects of the project and will remove the old boilers and bring the new units online with minimal disruption to hospital operations. 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.

For the past five years, 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 about $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 carbon dioxide, the equivalent of planting 16 acres of trees or taking 441 cars off the road.

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