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Major Energy Efficiency Project Results In Savings for Coney Island Hospital

Brian Warner

February 24, 2006


BROOKLYN – Coney Island Hospital, one of the major medical facilities in Brooklyn is now among the most energy-efficient hospitals in New York City thanks to the ENCORE program, a collaboration between the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) and the City of New York, through its Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).

NYPA has completed a comprehensive $1.6 million energy efficiency project that will lower electricity use by nearly 394 kilowatts (kW) and help the City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) realize annual savings at the hospital of almost $185,000.  The City will fund the project costs, through NYPA’s low-cost financing, enabling the City to spread payments over a ten-year period.

“Through Governor Pataki’s leadership NYPA is committed to helping its public customers implement up to $100 million annually in energy efficiency projects. Working with the City of New York, the New York City Housing Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NYPA has diligently undertaken over one thousand energy-efficiency projects,’ said NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Carey. “We continue to introduce new efficient technologies that save energy, improve working conditions and benefit the environment.”  

“The smart and innovative changes at Coney Island Hospital reflect Mayor Bloomberg’s commitment to energy efficiency, and illustrate how technology can be used to improve the City’s operations,” said Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Martha K. Hirst. “With the help from NYPA’s turn-key engineering services and low-cost financing, HHC and DCAS are investing in our City’s future.

“The 394 kW annual energy reduction for Coney Island Hospital is significant, but under Governor Pataki’s long range vision for New York State residents and the environment, it is equally important that this project cuts oil importation by more than 3,700 barrels,” Carey said.

The new energy-efficiency measures at Coney Island Hospital are concentrated on energy intensive systems such as, lighting, heating and air conditioning.  Crews replaced 6,700 lighting fixtures with energy-efficient electronic ballast featuring updated fluorescent lighting. These fixtures use up to two-thirds less electricity than standard units consume, but produce a higher quality illumination. The result is a more pleasant and soothing environment for patients, physicians and staff.

Occupancy sensors, which automatically shut off unneeded lights, were installed in lounge and office areas throughout the five building hospital center.

Twenty high efficiency motors were installed to improve the overall efficiency of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC). New motors were placed in numerous air intakes, exhaust fans and pumps.  An expandable new computerized energy management control system will enable maintenance staff to adjust airflow as well as temperature climate conditions for separate zones within the hospital complex. The energy management system is tied into over 20 HVAC units, with over 600 points of information now monitored from a central location.  This system can also be expanded to meet future needs.


About NYPA:

The New York Power Authority is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■ NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and earns revenue from proceeds of its operations, which stems largely from the sale of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.


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