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NORTHPORT VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER COMPLETES A CRITICAL PHASE OF THE COOLING TOWER REPLACEMENT AND CENTRAL ENERGY PLANT UPGRADE PROJECT

December 22, 2016

National Grid And Its Prime Contractor, Con Edison Solutions,

Deliver New Chiller Plant System

That Reduces Both Costs and Energy Usage

 

Northport, Ny – December 20, 2016:  The Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center (NVAMC) recently completed the replacement of its cooling towers and related chiller plant systems under a federal contract task order awarded in July to National Grid.  ConEdison Solutions, a national energy services company, served as prime contractor to National Grid in completion of the project.

While incurring no upfront construction expenses, the medical complex expects to reduce its electricity consumption costs by approximately $90,000 per year, while reaping $1 million per year in savings by eliminating rental costs associated with the use of temporary equipment.

The 277-acre medical campus consists of a main hospital building and numerous support buildings, providing a full complement of healthcare services to the area’s veteran community. 

“The Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center is committed to serving the healthcare needs of Long Island’s veterans in a way that delivers the highest quality of care while remaining mindful of the need to invest our resources in an efficient way,” said Philip Moschitta, Director.  “We are grateful to National Grid and ConEdison Solutions for acting swiftly to deliver a long-term, money-saving solution to our center’s cooling and infrastructure needs.”

“National Grid congratulates the staff at the Northport VA Medical Center.  This is the latest in a series of energy savings and environmentally superior projects at the facility.  National Grid is proud to have contributed to making this one of the most energy efficient major medical facilities we serve and to have helped substantially lower its carbon footprint and operating costs,” said Kiel Costella, Manager, Community and Customer Management for National Grid.

“As an experienced energy services company with a long history of supporting federal agencies in energy upgrades, our company was proud to have the opportunity to extend our support to the region’s veterans,” said Mark Noyes, President and CEO of ConEdison Solutions.  “America’s veterans deserve the best-possible facilities for medical care, and it was gratifying that our company was able to devise a solution to the VA’s cooling and chiller challenges that will both boost the patient environment and the quality of care, while also saving money.”

Upon completion and formal acceptance of the project by NVAMC management, the installed equipment becomes property of the U.S. government.  At that point, the federal government begins paying for the construction and all other construction-related costs using the annual savings generated by the equipment installations and upgrades.  The savings take into account the money saved by reduction of energy costs, reduction of operations and maintenance costs and the elimination of costs, such as rental fees.

Under the terms of the Federal Utility Energy Services Contract, ConEdison Solutions’ duties included design, construction, commissioning and measurement and verification of energy savings associated with replacement of the hospital’s cooling towers.  In addition to replacing the rooftop towers, ConEdison Solutions also replaced existing vertical risers, four existing condenser water pumps, four existing chilled water pumps, a condenser and chilled water piping connecting the equipment cited above, and a chiller plant controls system.

ConEdison Solutions installed equipment with a longer service lifespan that, when paired with an energy-efficient controls system and state of the art engineering design, will improve system performance and overall patient and staff comfort.

About Northport VA

Opened in 1928 on 253 wooded acres, Northport VA Medical Center is the premiere health care provider to Long Island veterans. Northport VAMC completed nearly half-a-million appointments in 2015. With services ranging from orthopedics and neurology to primary care and radiology, Northport is a full-service medical facility with five community-based clinics across Long Island. It boasts the largest volunteer patient transportation network in the country, staffed by Disabled American Veterans. Nearly 1,000 patients are driven to their appointments each week free of charge.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization.)

For more information please visit our website: www.nationalgridus.com, or our Connecting website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on You Tube, Friend us on Facebook and find our photos on Instagram.

 

About ConEdison Solutions

 

ConEdison Solutions is a leading energy services company that provides renewable energy, sustainability services, cost-effective energy efficiency solutions, demand response, and energy performance contracting.  The company serves commercial, industrial, residential and government customers, as well as universities, public school districts, and hospitals nationwide.  Offering innovative products, financial stability, and a commitment to customer service, the company is headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with offices in Burlington, Massachusetts; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Falls Church, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; Overland Park, Kansas, Nashville, Tennessee; and Bloomington, Minnesota.  The firm’s dedicated team of energy professionals delivers a broad range of energy solutions.  ConEdison Solutions offers programs and services designed to help customers achieve their individual energy objectives and is accredited as an Energy Services Provider (ESP) by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).

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