Long Island College Hospital is an ideal customer for our program because they are so motivated to help within the community all while taking the necessary precautions to assure patient safety
Buffalo, NY (Vocus) June 9, 2008
As part of their commitment to Energy Curtailment Specialists' (ECS) PowerPay! New York demand response program, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn has agreed to curtail 1200 kilowatts when the demand for electricity exceeds the amount available.
On March 27, 2008, LICH was called upon by ECS to shed those 1200 kilowatts for a "test event." The hospital went above and beyond by curtailing 2120 kilowatts; 920 kilowatts more than expected. The hospital's success is due in part to the hospital-wide notification system implemented prior to an event. Also, due to the requirements needed to test the generators for reliability on an ongoing basis, performing these tests during a critical peak demand on the grid is a natural way LICH has incorporated them into this program.
"We performed so successfully due to the participation of everyone in the entire hospital," said Ralph Gambardella, chief engineer at Long Island College Hospital. "We installed systems so the hospital equipment is not interrupted during the changeover to the generator."
When the doctors, nurses, and other staff are notified of the event, they may shut off lights when a room is not in use as part of their own commitment to reducing electricity.
"Long Island College Hospital is an ideal customer for our program because they are so motivated to help within the community all while taking the necessary precautions to assure patient safety," said Glen Smith, president, chief executive officer and co-founder of ECS.
Since becoming enrolled in ECSÂ program, the hospital has become more energy efficient. As part of their continuous improvement for emergency preparedness, they have included a section in the training manual for new employees titled "How to Save Energy."
In 2008, Long Island College Hospital celebrated its 150th year of service to Brooklyn and is pleased to be able to attribute part of its success to new initiatives, including ECS' PowerPay! New York program.
"We are able to continually improve patient safety, due to ECSÂ program," said Gambardella.
About Energy Curtailment Specialists
Energy Curtailment Specialists is currently serving markets in all of New York, California, New England, Kansas City, PJM territories and Ontario, Canada. ECS offers turnkey, administrative and a la carte demand response services. For more information, call 877-711-5453 or visit them on the web at http://www.ecsgrid.com
About Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn
Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn is a 506-bed, teaching hospital located in the historic Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill neighborhood. LICH is a university hospital of the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn (SUNY-Downstate Medical Center). The LICH School of Nursing is one of the oldest nursing schools in the country.
Communications Specialist, ECS