Energy Conservation Earns Cash Incentive
Dallas, TX – In an effort to be more energy efficient, Parkland Health & Hospital System installed a high-efficiency cooling system at the E. Carlyle Smith, Jr. Health Center in Grand Prairie last year. This year, new water-cooled chillers were installed in the hospital's new central utility plant. Both equiptment installations will save approximately 1,196,800 kilowatt-hours of energy annually. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these energy savings are roughly equivalent to eliminating the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 176 passenger vehicles.
As a result of the energy conservation efforts this year, Parkland has been awarded a $134,738 cash incentive from Oncor’s Government Facilities Program. The program helps local governments save energy and money by providing no-cost facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on the total amount of energy the equipment will save.
“Oncor’s Government Facilities Program provided vital resources to help us make these improvements,” said James Tucker, Parkland’s Director of Organizational Sustainability and Energy Conservation. “We’re proud of the energy efficiency tradition we’ve established.”
Parkland’s central utility plant (CUP) generates utilities for campus with reliability and efficiency at the forefront. The most impactful measure in the CUP is the heat pump chiller (HPC), Tucker said.
“The heat pump chiller’s net efficiency is far greater than separate heating and cooling equipment,” he said, noting that the CUP’s net heating efficiency is greater than 100 percent. “This is possible since the heat pump’s electrical energy input is accounted for with the cooling efficiency – making the heating output from the cooling process essentially ‘free’.” Continue>
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