Connecticut Announces First ESPC Project at Hospital

By Jen Singer, ICF on Nov 02, 2017

The state of Connecticut recently announced its first of several planned energy savings performance contracts (ESPC), a retrofit of CT Valley Hospital (CVH). The project, which is expected to achieve $31.9 million in guaranteed energy and maintenance savings over 15 years, will result in a 35 percent energy savings – equivalent to $1.67 million annually.

CVH includes 29 inpatient units and a transitional residential cottage, and serves 615 patients across two campuses in Middletown and Hartford. CVH also includes smaller cottages for programming and administrative offices, in addition to a power plant, reservoir, and water treatment facility.

This comprehensive energy-efficiency upgrade contains the following measures:

  • Underground steam distribution upgrades (over 2 miles of new steam pipe and condensate pipe)
  • 1.5 MW cogeneration system for the power plant
  • 600HP power plant boilers
  • Solar-powered electric vehicle carport charging station
  • Interior lighting upgrades to LED in 46 buildings
  • Exterior and street lighting upgrades to LED
  • New lighting controls in 37 buildings
  • Energy management system upgrades and retro- commissioning in many buildings
  • New energy-efficient chillers
  • New windows in 4 buildings
  • New energy-efficient transformers
  • Pipe and mechanical equipment insulation throughout campus
  • Steam trap repair and replacements in 30 buildings

In addition to the energy and cost savings, the project will bring jobs to the local economy as Connecticut-based NORESCO was competitively awarded the contract. The hospital also expects to improve patient and staff comfort by eliminating emergency repairs and addressing deferred maintenance.  For more information on the CVH ESPC project, view the press release here.

From 2014 through 2016 the state of Connecticut partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Better Buildings Energy Savings Performance Contracting Accelerator. You can learn more about the ESPC Accelerator here.