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Energy Efficiency In Action

When Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., a level-one trauma center operated by Baystate Health, wanted to lower its energy consumption, it turned to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA) for guidance. The result is a partnership between CMA and the academic, research and teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine – a partnership that continues to make energy efficiency the “first fuel” of Massachusetts.

CMA helped fund a survey of Baystate Medical Center’s outpatient facility, a four-story, 105,000-square-foot building constructed in 1998. CMA worked with Baystate Health to prioritize the findings and recommended a series of cost-effective, energy efficient solutions. Based on CMA’s recommendations, Baystate Health replaced two inefficient boilers and controls with three new HydroTherm boilers. The total cost of the project was $572,000. CMA contributed $100,000 in rebates. This one energy-efficient measure alone is expected to save Baystate Health more than $66,000 per year in energy costs. Antonio Braz, manager of mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure facilities at Baystate Health put the project into perspective. “Columbia Gas is a wonderful partner,” said Antonio. “The incentives we received from Columbia Gas on top of the dollar savings we see in operating costs each year help us put more funding toward patient care and helping our community.”

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There is still more work to do. CMA and Baystate Health continue to meet every month to discuss future projects and energy efficiency goals. In addition to the natural gas improvements, CMA partnered with Baystate Medical Center's electric utility, Western Massachusetts Electric Company, to implement comprehensive energy efficiency improvements.  The coordinated effort was awarded the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships' Business Leadership Award for increasing energy efficiency at the hospital's Springfield campus.