About 10 percent of the electricity used at facilities operated by Catholic Health in New York will be derived from wind energy.
Under a new two-year contract with Constellation Energy, Catholic Health hopes to save $500,000 a year in electricity costs, reports North American Wind Power.
The following Catholic Health facilities will benefit from the agreement:
- Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
- Kenmore Mercy Hospital
- Sisters of Charity Hospital
- Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus
- four Catholic Health nursing and adult homes
- Catholic Health’s Nazareth Campus.
In all, the facilities use in excess of 58 million kWh of electricity annually.
Other hospitals are tapping into renewable energy.
For instance, a heat and power project that takes methane gas created at a brewery and converts it into clean energy to run a nearby hospital just entered production.
The project takes methane from City Brewery in LaCrosse, Wisc., and converts it into clean energy to run Gundersen Lutheran hospital. Gundersen Lutheran has undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce energy, as well as to add renewable energy. Its goal is to eventually be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy.