The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health is adopting Baltimore Gas and Electric’s (BGE) combined heat and power program to better manage energy at the medical campus in Bel Air, Maryland. Upper Chesapeake Health is the first recipient of installation incentives from BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program, receiving $1.5 million in incentives.
BGE chief executive officer Calvin G. Butler Jr., says, “Through this suite of energy efficiency program offerings, we are able to help customers attain the energy efficiency milestones that will help them reduce energy use, save money and make a positive impact on the environment, while also improving the quality of life for their employees and patients now and for many years to come. We applaud Upper Chesapeake Health for leading the class in sustainability and their commitment to the environment.”
Once completed, the heat and power energy efficiency project is expected to save Upper Chesapeake Health nearly $500,000 a year for the next two decades, generating approximately 13 million kilowatt hours annually, equal to removing the annual greenhouse gas emissions from more than 2,000 cars.
Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin believe energy efficiency “makes good economic sense and supports a cleaner, healthier community. I’m proud to help flip the switch on energy projects that are secure, sustainable, and resilient. This collaboration of BGE, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, and Clark Construction Group is a perfect example of how our tax code can encourage much-needed energy efficiency improvements.”
Butler adds: “It’s not just the energy and cost savings that are important. The combined heat and power plant will improve power reliability along with improved energy efficiency, and produce cleaner power through better fuel utilization. This positive impact on the Upper Chesapeake Health Medical Center will improve the environment for employees, patients, and importantly the local community. This project puts Upper Chesapeake Health into a category of its own when it comes to sustainability and their commitment to the environment.”
The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program offers financial incentives and technical assistance to BGE customers in an effort to promote energy efficiency throughout the state of Maryland.