Keeping hospitals healthy

Healthcare buildings use 4 percent of all energy consumed in the United States, requiring a cross-functional approach to achieve energy savings. NEEA engages major hospitals and healthcare systems in rural and urban areas in the region to adopt strategic energy management (SEM) as a means to organize their approach and commitment to energy performance outcomes.

With SEM, energy management is more than a project, it’s a way of doing business that affects not just the energy performance of an existing healthcare facility, but also the energy goals and expectations they have for the design, construction, and post-occupancy results of their new buildings. As a result of NEEA’s work, over 40 percent of the region’s beds currently have service contracts with energy efficiency provisions related to their facility’s SEM plan.

NEEA collaborated with local utilities and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) on a campaign to engage hospital and healthcare facilities to actively benchmark and implement low- or no-cost improvements to their facilities. The campaign successfully engaged 30 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of hospitals in the region. Participating facilities worked towards a 10 percent reduction in energy use in 2011. 

  • NEEA Hospitals and Healthcare Initiative- Market Progress Evaluation Report 6
    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA) Hospital and Healthcare (H&H) initiative works with market and technical specialists to support a select number of hospital in the region to develop, adopt, and implement strategic plans for improved energy management. On behalf of NEEA, Evergreen Economics and SBW Consulting conducted evaluation activities to assess how best to complete a handoff of initiative strategies, knowledge and materials to the participating hospitals and their supporting utilities as NEEA transitions out of the hospitals and healthcare market. Key recommendations from the evaluators are for NEEA to: 1) deliver periodic presentations to groups of regional hospital executives to describe and promote Strategic Energy Management (SEM); 2) conduct advocacy training with hospitals’ SEM staff and utility account managers before exiting the market; and 3) work with Bonneville Power Administration to expand or replicate its Track and Tune program to serve the hospitals segment.
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  • NEEA Industrial Initiatives- Market Progress Evaluation Report #8
    This is the eighth Market Progress Evaluation Report of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Industrial Initiative, with specific focus on its energy management efforts in the Food Processing sector. The goal of the Initiative is to transform the market for industrial energy management services and to promote a specific approach known as Strategic Energy Management (SEM) as a standard practice. SEM, in this context, is defined as the existence of energy related goals by a firm, evidence of executive commitment, appropriate training, and tracking/reporting of progress. The report shows most companies engaged in the initiative successfully adopted SEM as the means to manage energy as a resource. At the broad market level, around one-third of large Northwest food processing facilities are practicing SEM and that facilities engaged in the initiative achieved average savings of 1% relative to total annual energy consumption. The report also observed the potential of declining engagement in SEM at some facilities as NEEA is transitioning out of the initiative towards a long-term monitoring and tracking (LTMT) phase.
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  • Small to Medium Industrial SEM Energy Savings Validation
    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance implemented a pilot with two cohorts to determine 1) if Strategic Energy Management (SEM) can be effectively delivered within small to medium business facilities, and 2) if energy savings can be measured. The pilot focused on two cohorts of small (1-999 thousand kWh/yr) to medium (1-100 million kWh/yr) sized industrial facilities in Montana. In 2013, a savings validation study evaluated the original SEM energy savings analysis, visited all 10 sites within the two cohorts, collected additional data, and performed analysis to quantify energy savings. Findings indicate total savings of 0.216 aMW across the two cohorts. Other findings indicate most facilities still practicing many or most aspects of SEM, including sites where turnover has taken place.
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NEEA collaborated with local utilities and healthcare associations to build the business case for SEM by targeting hospitals to develop, assist and implement SEM.

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NEEA Team Lead

Kim Hughes

Sr. Initiative Manager