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Earth-friendly cogeneration infrastructure to slash hospital’s energy consumption by 40 percent, achieve $1.5M savings annually

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — At Geisinger, every day is Earth Day. Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) has broken ground on an $18 million Central Utility Plant that will provide clean energy for the campus for decades to come. 

“As a healthcare provider, it is crucial that we are leaders in operating ‘green’ facilities to minimize our impact on the environment as well as promote healthy communities for our friends, families and neighbors to live,” said Al Neuner, vice president of Geisinger’s facilities operations. “This project forges Geisinger’s commitment to its mission of improving the health of the communities it serves.”  

Expected to be completed in fall 2018, the Central Utility Plan’s design will allow GWV to operate independent of the public power grid should a natural disaster strike.  

The 13,500-square-foot utility plant, already under construction, is located several hundred feet northeast of the Robert M. Pearsall Heart Hospital. It will house a variety of energy-efficient equipment including cogeneration, electric chillers, boilers, chilled water storage, an emergency generator, underground diesel fuel oil storage tanks and a steam turbine chiller. 

GWV expects to reduce its energy consumption by 40 percent and achieve a savings of nearly $1.5 million per year with this investment. 

Striving for energy efficiency is nothing new for Geisinger. For the past 20 years, Geisinger has pioneered and maintained ongoing efforts to mitigate its carbon footprint, resulting in cleaner water and air from reduced energy use, and shaving $15 million off annual costs.  This environmental impact helps to continually improve the health of the communities it serves and translates to the annual equivalent of six fewer deaths, four fewer cases of chronic bronchitis, 129 fewer asthma attacks and 6,160 fewer respiratory symptoms.

“We are rebuilding and upgrading important facilities on the Geisinger Wyoming Valley campus so that our community continues to have a top-notch health care facility that will carry us well into the 21st century,” said Ron Beer, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Northeast. “The Central Utility Plant is a critical component of this because it will power our existing facility as well as GWV’s planned expansions with efficient, reliable utilities and the ability to provide life-saving power in the event of an emergency.”  
A rendering of the new CoGen plant at Geisinger Wyoming Valley
An artist rendering of the Central Utility Plant
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