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Energy & Sustainability Program

The nationally recognized OHA Energy & Sustainability Program supports Ohio hospitals’ mission to optimize operating costs be more environmentally sustainable. In 2018, participating members achieved $9.6 million in energy savings, rebates and educational benefits from the program.
 
Member hospitals have access to free services such as ENERGYSTAR Benchmarking, advocacy, energy rebates and energy procurement. From exploring ways to reduce energy consumption, to offsetting improvement costs with negotiated rebates, OHA’s energy experts are here to help.

FIND FUTURE SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES

On average, ENERGY STAR benchmarked hospitals save $3,000 on energy costs per bed every year. Ohio leads the nation, with 13 ENERGY STAR hospitals.

OHA’s ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Program provides the foundation for hospitals to compare progress, plan for the future and qualify for an ENERGY STAR rating. Working with our Energy team, hospitals are able to set, track and achieve their energy efficiency and sustainability goals.

In addition, benchmarked hospitals are eligible for recognition through OHA’s Energy Cup Competition — honoring hospitals that have shown the most improvement every year, based on previous energy consumption. See our 2017 winners here.

ACCELERATE RETURN ON INVESTMENT WITH NEGOTIATED REBATES

Ohio hospitals have received more than $3 million in rebates from utilities — as a result of energy-saving projects from 2010 to 2017.
 
OHA’s Energy Team works directly with facility directors, contractors and vendors to secure rebates from Ohio utility companies, greatly improving their return on investment for implementing initiatives that focus on conserving energy.
 
Our dedicated team is here to help:

  • Facilitate the opportunity to further reduce energy project costs with enhanced rebates
  • ​Determine eligibility
  • Process rebate and enhanced rebate applications

SAVE WITH OUR ENERGY SOURCING PROGRAM

OHA works directly with suppliers to compare gas and electricity ratees on behalf of hospitals. Through our natural gas and electric supply contracts, members can significantly reduce energy costs — saving up to  20 percent  on their utility bills. We also provide a wealth of options to help Ohio hospitals make strategic purchasing decisions.
 
Our energy sourcing program provides:

  • No-cost comparison of utility supply offers
  • Detailed market information
  • Contract review by OHA, keeping hospital-specific needs in mind
  • Continued oversight after the contract is signed

The natural gas program, established in 1998, includes a free comparison of natural gas supply offers as well as market information. Natural gas procurement, with ongoing review and collaboration, is offered in partnership with Stand Energy Corporation, an OHA Corporate Partner.

RECOGNITION FOR SUSTAINABILTY EFFORTS

The OHA Energy & Sustainability Program assists members in receiving recognition for embracing energy efficiency, reducing their waste streams, reducing their carbon footprints. OHA is able to assist hospitals in recognition from programs such as the Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program.
 
In 2018, nine hospitals received this honor in recognition of their environmental sustainability programs.

  • Atrium Medical Center – Premier Health
  • Henry County Hospital
  • Mercy Health — Springfield Regional Medical Center
  • Mercy Health — St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
  • Mercy Health — St. Rita's Medical Center
  • Mercy Health — St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Miami Valley Hospital – Premier Health
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Wright-Patterson Base Medical Center

OHA also offers opportunities for members to apply for OHA’s Environmental Sustainability awards: the Melvin Creeley Award and John Chapman Award for Environmental Leadership. See more details here.

OHA Energy Cup

The OHA Energy & Sustainability Program annually sponsors the OHA Energy Cup competition. Winners were determined based on greatest energy savings at the end of the year. All results are validated by an engineer and verified in the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager portal. 

Ohio hospitals participating in the 2018 competition to reduce energy use and limit greenhouse gas emissions achieved cost savings equivalent to hiring 15 nurses, or the environmental equivalent of removing 4,000 passenger vehicles from the road. In total, over one third of participating hospitals had energy reductions greater than 2 percent compared to the previous year. Forty-five percent of participating member hospitals saved more than the nationwide average of 0.66 percent energy savings, reflecting Ohio hospitals commitment to energy efficiency.

Participants compete in three categories: large hospitals (more than 250,000 square feet), small hospitals (less than 250,000 square feet) and non-hospital medical buildings. Winners were determined based on greatest energy savings in 2018 use versus 2017 use.

The top 2018 Energy Cup award winners are:                                                                                            

  • Large Hospital: Dayton Children's Hospital – 16 percent reduction
  • Small Hospital: Wayne Healthcare – 4.9 percent reduction
  • Non-Hospital: ProMedica Professional Office #1 (Toledo)  – 36.3 percent reduction

This competition is supported by AEP Ohio and Dayton Power & Light. Awards are presented at the OHA Energy & Sustainability Program luncheon during the OHA Annual Meeting held each June in Columbus. Click here to see pictures from the 2019 OHA Energy & Sustainability Program luncheon.

BENEFIT FROM STATEWIDE ADVOCACY

OHA’s Energy team advocates on behalf of member hospitals to assure interests are reflected in rate cases, legislation and regulatory issues at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the Ohio Legislature, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Health.
 
Always, the goal is to support each member hospital’s unique needs and ensure reliable power at a reasonable price.