Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

October 25, 2010 12:37 ET

Hydro Ottawa Limited: Incentives Contribute to Energy Efficiency Remedies at The Ottawa Hospital

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2010) - Hydro Ottawa presented two cheques totalling nearly $70,000 to The Ottawa Hospital today for its participation in the Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP), which is funded by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). These incentives helped to support major upgrades of the heating and cooling systems at two of the hospital's sites, which will annually save almost 800,000 kWh of electricity for an estimated $85,000 in annual cost savings. The resulting decreases in greenhouse gas emissions will also significantly reduce the hospital's carbon footprint.

Dr. Bob Roberts, President and CEO, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO, The Ottawa Hospital, and Mr. Cameron Love, Vice President of Planning, Support Services and Clinical Programs at The Ottawa Hospital accepted the cheques on behalf of the hospital.

"The Ottawa Hospital is an internationally recognized leader in patient care, education, and research," said Rosemarie Leclair, President and CEO, Hydro Ottawa. "The hospital is also a leader in fostering a culture of conservation in our community. Through these most recent and past energy efficiency projects, it is saving more than a $1 million in annual electricity costs. The hospital's investments clearly demonstrate that environmental stewardship makes good business sense.

In 2010, The Ottawa Hospital set out to reduce the energy inefficiencies at its Civic Campus located at 1053 Carling Avenue by investing $188,900 to retrofit the ailing heating and cooling systems at two of its buildings: the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and The Ottawa Hospital's Pavilion building. As a result of this investment, the Heart Institute will save a healthy $55,845 in electricity costs every year, while the Pavilion building will save an additional $29,995 annually. With combined annual savings of $85,840, these retrofits will pay for themselves in just over one year. These retrofits will also contribute to a healthier Ottawa by diverting some 255 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the atmosphere.

"The Ottawa Hospital plays an active role in promoting and improving health within our community," said Cameron Love. "The ERIP program provided us with an opportunity to not only save money better spent on health care services, but also to reduce the hospital's impact on the environment, and in effect, contribute to improving the health of all Ottawa residents."

The Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP) is a province-wide program funded by the Ontario Power Authority (OAP) and administered in Ottawa and Casselman by Hydro Ottawa. This program provides partial funding to commercial, industrial, institutional and agricultural customers who complete energy efficiency retrofit projects at their facilities. For more information, please visit Hydro Ottawa's website at www.hydroottawa.com/conservation.

About Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the third largest municipal electricity distribution company in the province. Hydro Ottawa is responsible for the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to more than 296,000 residential and business customers in the city of Ottawa and the village of Casselman. 

About The Ottawa Hospital

One of Canada's largest teaching and research hospitals, The Ottawa Hospital is a bilingual multi-campus, health sciences centre, serving the 1.2 million residents of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. With 1,240 beds, an annual budget of over $1 Billion and 3.7 million square feet spread over three main campuses (the Civic, General and Riverside), The Ottawa Hospital provides care for more patients than any other hospital in Canada. To meet the high demand for its services, it relies on a dedicated and compassionate team of 12,000 employees, 1,250 physicians and more than 2,000 volunteers.

Contact Information

  • Hydro Ottawa Limited
    Rosemary Walsh
    Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
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