Helping advance Hackensack University Medical Center’s lifesaving mission

Photo courtesy of Hackensack University Medical Center.

Hospitals are some of the most important customers that PSE&G serves.

These facilities help heal the sick, provide critical care in times of emergency and serve as anchors in our communities.

So it was an honor when the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) recently recognized PSE&G and Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center with a Regional Energy Project of the Year Award. The award was presented for a five-year, $13.1 million energy efficiency project completed through our Hospital Efficiency Program, which helps fund the installation of energy conservation measures at hospitals throughout our service territory.

Chilled water piping runs on top of a pedestrian bridge at Hackensack University Medical Center. The new conduit was installed as part of energy efficiency upgrades made possible by PSE&G’s Hospital Efficiency Program.

The PSE&G/HUMC project that earned this recognition upgraded the hospital’s important chilled water system, improved the steam system, converted the parking garage lighting to LED and installed a system to recycle the heat from boilers. The work will save Hackensack University Medical Center more than $1.3 million every year in energy costs – money that can be put to good use advancing the hospital’s lifesaving mission.

“As one of New Jersey’s largest medical centers, our No. 1 priority is to provide the best possible care for our patients,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice of president, Population Health for Hackensack Meridian Health. “Every dollar we save on energy costs is a dollar we can devote toward our mission of serving the community with innovative, world-class care.”

In addition to significant dollar savings, the project also will conserve enough electricity to power more than 750 homes annually and enough natural gas to supply about 350 homes annually. The work also will reduce carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to removing about 1,000 cars from the road for one year.

New air conditioning chiller units were installed at Hackensack University Medical Center through PSE&G’s Hospital Efficiency Program. They are helping the hospital save substantial amounts of energy and money.

Hackensack University Medical Center is one of 36 hospitals that have participated in PSE&G’s Hospital Efficiency Program. These hospitals are saving, on average, about $400,000 each year in energy costs.

And we want to do more.

To that end, PSE&G recently filed its Clean Energy Future proposal with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. As part ofthe proposal, PSE&G is seeking to make sweeping investments in energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, energy storage and advanced metering technologies that will help make New Jersey a national leader in energy efficiency and also jump-start other clean energy priorities.

We are proposing 22 energy efficiency programs for both residential and business customers – including more hospitals – with an emphasis on under-served and income-eligible markets.

PSE&G also wants to help install 40,000 electric vehicle chargers in customers’ homes, at public places where people work, shop and gather, and along major highways in New Jersey.

We also want to bring the benefits of energy storage, such as better integration of renewable energy, more resiliency for critical infrastructure and greater capacity for electric lines, to New Jersey.

Finally, we want to install smart meters at all 2.2 million customer locations we serve. These meters will greatly increase reliability and improve customer service.

A new cooling tower is a major feature of the multiyear energy efficiency project at Hackensack University Medical Center.

The AEE award is a validation of PSE&G’s work with Hackensack University Medical Center, but we know there is more that can be done. The Clean Energy Future proposal will put New Jersey on a path to meeting the clean energy goals established by Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature.  It also will save participating customers billions of dollars in energy costs, greatly improve how we interact with them, improve the quality of our air and public health, and lead to drastic reductions in the state’s carbon footprint.

Mike Savage, Hospital Efficiency Program Manager

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