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Catholic Health Taps Into Wind for NY Facilities

catholic healthAbout 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.

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