Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre saves money through Energy Efficiency
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Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre saves money through Energy Efficiency


 Thunder Bay, ON- Saving on energy can pay big dividends and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is a perfect example. Today, TBRHSC received the largest rebate in the history of Thunder Bay Hydro, and one of the most prevalent in Ontario, in the amount of $597,554.62. "Thunder Bay Hydro is working to develop sustainable and collaborative relationships to help local organizations save on energy," says President of Thunder Bay Hydro, Robert Mace. “We are thrilled to have secured Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre to participate in the saveONenergy RETROFIT PROGRAM. I am not aware of any other local organization that has achieved a comparable level of energy efficiency."

 The saveONenergy RETROFIT PROGRAM delivered by Thunder Bay Hydro provides incentives for commercial operations to install newer, more energy efficient solutions. Working with Johnson Controls, TBRHSC completed the RETROFIT project in July 2013. The energy efficient upgrades involved a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems retrofit. “This project has significantly improved electricity performance and is expected to save a total of 5,288,093 kWh annually, which represents 22% of TBRHSC’s annual energy consumption. This is enough energy to power as many as 550 homes in Thunder Bay,” continues Mace. “At Thunder Bay Hydro, we encourage all residents and businesses to follow the lead of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Let us help you to save more through the saveONenergy programs.” Energy consumption in hospitals across Ontario continues to rise steadily, as specialist equipment greatly relies on electricity to operate. The incentive delivered by Thunder Bay Hydro through the saveONenergy RETROFIT PROGRAM will be reinvested into operations and improving patient care services at TBRHSC.

 “This generous incentive from Thunder Bay Hydro enhances TBRHSC’s commitment to patients, families and our community. It enables a comprehensive infrastructure retrofit program that reduces costs and emissions that also allows us to focus more resources on direct patient care,” says Dr. Mark Henderson, Executive VP, Patient Services & Regional VP Cancer Care Ontario. “Funding from the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) has also allowed TBRHSC to reduce utility costs as well as leverage rebates from utility providers such as Thunder Bay Hydro,” adds Henderson. Improvements to ventilation and control systems will also result in an improved environment for staff and patients. “Patients and families at TBRHSC will experience increased levels of comfort thanks to a consistent temperature throughout the facility,” says Keith Taylor, a Patient Family Advisor at TBRHSC.

 Since 2007, Thunder Bay Hydro Conservation has completed over 250 Retrofits in the community, saving 8,600,00 kWh of electricity. This equates to enough electricity to power 896 homes. The RETROFIT PROGRAM has also paid out over $1.3 million in incentives to local businesses.

Healthy Together Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), a 375-bed acute care facility, is a national leader in Patient and Family Centred Care. As the tertiary care provider in Northwestern Ontario, TBRHSC provides comprehensive services to a population of over 250,000 residents in a region the size of France. Effectively addressing the healthcare needs of patients and families has earned TBRHSC both Innovation Awards and Leading Practice Designations. As an academic health sciences centre, TBRHSC is committed to teaching the next generation of healthcare providers and advancing medical research. Patients benefit from interprofessional teams of dedicated healthcare providers and access to leading-edge medical equipment and clinical trials. saveONenergy The suite of saveONenergy conservation programs are designed to assist homes and business across the province manage their electricity use and to achieve province-wide electricity savings.The saveONenergy programs are offered through local electric utilities and funded by the Ontario Power Authority. More information about Ontario’s saveONenergy suite of energy conservation programs can be found at

Robert Mace, President of Thunder Bay Hydro    “ We are here to award  an incentive of just under $600,000 to the Thunder Bay Regional Health  Sciences Centre  for their   energy savings work. They undertook an enormous project with their systems. This is our largest project in Thunder Bay and in the top 5 largest awarded in the province.”   “  These projects are part of the energy savings projects going on in Ontario. They are funded by the Ontario Power Authority and delivered by organizations like Thunder bay Hydro. I believe the total capital investment at the Thunder Bay Regional Health  Sciences Centre was over $1.2 million for this work. Their payback is about 2 1/2 years and they will basically save 20% of their total electricity cost historically used.”    “ We can offer this same subsidy to all sizes of customers.  I would encourage customers to contact Thunder Bay Hydro and our energy conversion team and go from there.”

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