New York Presbyterian Hospital is one of the most comprehensive university hospitals in the world, with leading specialists in every field of medicine. The hospital has two large mixed use locations in New York City: New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
NYPH realized that their considerable energy consumption overexposed the hospital to the risk of higher energy costs and hired EN-POWER GROUP to assist in the development and implementation of its overall comprehensive energy reduction and management strategy. This was a particularly complex and sensitive project, given the sheer size of their energy portfolio and the necessity of keeping the facility in uninterrupted operation throughout the process.
The basic elements of the overall plan included:
- Developing an energy tracking system and management tools to monitor energy usage, costs and benchmarking in order to identify areas of improvements and provide a metric to judge the project’s success,
- Engaging in a market-based approach for electric, gas, and oil procurement in order to reduce cost, hedge volatility and manage risk,
- Leveraging existing assets by participating in load shedding programs and investigating on-site and near-site energy sources in order to save on operating costs and increase the reliability of supply,
- Replacing old, inefficient equipment, installing new equipment, and modifying equipment operating practices to reduce electricity, gas, oil and water consumption and costs, with a focus on no-cost or low-cost strategies first to demonstrate success and next on capital projects that met specific economic payback criteria,
- Utilizing local utility, state and federal incentives where applicable to fund technical studies and pay for energy-related site improvements,
- And actively promoting the success of the energy program in order to raise awareness of the improvements both within and outside of the organization and to develop viability and leadership within the hospital’s market sector.
The Hospital was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in 2005 and 2006 as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Leadership in Energy Management, and in 2007 and 2008 as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence in Energy Management.