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Excela Health in Western Pennsylvania has historically been known as a forward-thinking health system with respect to managing energy usage. In fact, they have been awarded for energy efficiency efforts throughout the 2 million square feet of its three hospitals and satellite facilities.

"We're obligated to support our mission, and Excela Health’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of every life we touch," said Dan Robison, director of facilities, real estate and construction for Excela Health. "By being conscious of our energy usage and carbon footprint and being good environmental stewards, we are really supporting our mission and it’s how we’re ultimately held accountable."

Seeking a new perspective on how to understand and manage its energy usage, Excela Health approached Direct Energy Business for a suite of solutions to identify potential cost savings and boost energy efficiency without significant capital investment.


Using Energy Insights to elevate Demand Response participation

We recommended an update to their strategy for participating in Demand Response, a program which generates revenue for large energy users who are able to curtail energy consumption during periods of peak demand on the power grid.

That's where the use of Energy Insights by Centrica Business Solutions came in. With installations of wireless energy monitoring sensors on the circuitry at five of their healthcare facilities, Energy Insights yielded a wealth of actionable energy data. With the ability to deliver insights down to the equipment or device level, we helped support a plan that wouldn't disrupt operations.

The data yielded insights into exactly where Excela Health could shed load consumption during Demand Response events. By reducing use from their HVAC systems, lighting and elevators, they were able to curtail more than 3.5 MW at three of their locations.

For the Excela Health team, this use of Energy Insights took their Demand Response strategy to a new level. "During the Test Event, we knew exactly where we were and it was very helpful. Now, for our Demand Response reenrollment, we think we could increase our commitment because of these insights, and increase our earnings by up to $50k" said Robison.

"Now that we have this visibility, there's no more guesswork. With the tools we have access to and the knowledge that we've gained, we're confident we'll be able to take off more load from the system. We're even planning on displaying this data on our main maintenance computers so that we can raise awareness across our team" he continued.

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