Three Ways Renewable Energy Can Make Your Hospital Healthier
As a healthcare organization, choosing renewable energy can build a healthier hospital, amplify commitments to public health, reduce your cost of energy, and mitigate future energy price risk.
- Mission-Driven Imperative
Electricity generation is the largest emitter of harmful carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for 29% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The healthcare industry contributes 10% of U.S. GHG emissions. Ranking the U.S. healthcare industry as a nation would place it as the 13th largest GHG emitter in the world.
Research shows that pollutants from burning fossil fuels to generate energy, such as CO2, NOx, SOx, and particulates, cause human birth defects, damage the nervous system and internal organs, lead to cardiovascular deaths and strokes, and spike cancer risk.
With an implicit obligation to public health, hospitals and healthcare can begin reducing these emissions – with large-scale renewable energy.
- Bottom-Line Considerations
The Department of Energy found that hospitals are often 2.5 times more energy intensive than other commercial buildings, making hospitals account for 8% of U.S. electricity consumption. According to the U.S. EPA, healthcare organizations spend more than $6.5 billion on energy every year – a significant share of operating expenses that increased by over 50% in the past decade and is forecast to continue rising.
- Two for One
Large-scale renewable energy (10 MW +) is a compelling choice for healthcare organizations to make step-change improvements in their GHG footprint, while reducing long-term cost and risk of electricity procurement. A focus on energy efficiency measures and lean energy construction can help reduce energy use and cost, the remaining energy consumption exposes healthcare providers over the long term to cost increases, price risks, and harmful carbon emission pollution.
Healthcare organizations can cost-competitively benefit from favorable market economics through innovative power purchase solutions, and access renewable energy at scale without upfront capital outlay. Driven by rapidly declining costs, wind energy is now the cheapest form of new electric generation in the U.S., with solar and natural gas generation swapping places for second depending on the price of natural gas.
Successfully securing economically attractive solutions that pass muster with senior decision makers is a non-trivial task. At CleanMed 2017, you’ll have the opportunity to learn directly from healthcare peers who have pioneered a path toward and energy future that promotes health for patients, communities and their bottom-line.
Learn more about making the switch to renewable energy at CleanMed 2017
Panel: How to Implement Attractive Large-Scale Renewable Energy Solutions
This interactive and action-oriented panel session will share peer experience from health care systems and industry experts on “how” they implemented large-scale renewable energy solutions.
- Bob Biggio, Vice President Facilities & Support Services, Boston Medical Center
- Ramé Hemstreet, VP for Operations and Chief Sustainable Resources Officer, Kaiser Permanente
- Gary Farha, President and CEO, CustomerFirst Renewables
- Moderator: Bill Ravanesi, Boston Director, Healthcare Without Harm
Wednesday May 17, 2017
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