Congratulations to OHA’s Energy Cup Winners

The Ohio Hospital Association’s Energy & Sustainability Program on March 28 announced winners of our annual Energy Cup competition recognizing hospitals and medical office buildings that recorded the largest reduction in energy use in 2018. The group will receive their awards on June 4 during the 2019 OHA Annual Meeting in Columbus.

2019 Energy Cup Winners
  • Large Hospital Category - Dayton Children's Hospital saw a 16 percent reduction in energy usage year-over-year.
  • Small Hospital Category - Wayne Healthcare saw a 4.9 percent reduction in energy usage year-over-year.
  • Non-Hospital Category- Promedica Professional Office #1 in Toledo saw a 36.3 percent reduction in energy usage year-over-year. 
Participants competed in three categories: large hospitals (more than 250,000 square feet), small hospitals (less than 250,000 square feet) and non-hospital medical buildings. Winners were determined based on greatest energy savings in 2018 use versus 2017 use.

In the 2017-2018 competition period, Energy Cup participants achieved cost savings equivalent to hiring 15 nurses, or the environmental equivalent of removing 4,000 passenger vehicles from the road. In total, over one third of participating hospitals had energy reductions greater than 2 percent compared to the previous year. Forty-five percent of participating member hospitals saved more than the nationwide average of 0.66 percent energy savings, reflecting Ohio hospitals commitment to energy efficiency.

“Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at a cost of more than $100 billion per year,” said Nolan Rutschilling, director of OHA’s Energy Program. “We commend the work of this year’s honorees and their commitment to pursuing cost savings, energy sustainability, and public health energy sustainability and public health.”

Winning hospitals achieved energy savings and leveraged utility company incentives to help cover the cost for energy efficiency projects. Dayton Children’s used rebates for new construction projects that featured efficient lighting. Wayne Healthcare took advantage of rebates and OHA member-specific Enhanced Rebates for retro-commissioning, lighting and installation of variable frequency drives.

For this year, enhanced rebates are available to Dayton Power & Light and American Electric Power customers in Ohio.

OHA launched the Energy Cup in 2015, a first-of-its-kind competition, to improve energy efficiency at Ohio hospitals, reduce emissions and improve public health. This competition allows hospitals and health care facilities throughout the state to compete to see which buildings can reduce their energy use the most by Dec. 31 of each year. Facility managers measure and track their buildings’ monthly energy consumption using ENERGYSTAR® Portfolio Manager®, the U.S. EPA’s online tool.