Hospitals Seek Energy Efficiency Funds from National Grid

In a letter to Debra Howland, executive director of the New Hampshire Public Utilties Commission, New Hampshire Hospital Association President Steve Ahnen made the case for hospitals to have renewed access to $2.5 million in unspent energy and conservation funds. Here is the text of that letter:

October 26, 2011

Dear Ms. Howland:

I'm writing to you as president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) regarding approximately $2,500,000 of unspent 2010 and 2011 energy conservation and efficiency funds available from National Grid for Commercial and Industrial (C&I) accounts. We have learned that these monies may be in jeopardy, as they may not be used for C&I energy efficiency and conservation projects, as originally intended. As an organization representing 10 hospitals in the National Grid's natural gas service area, we are hoping that the PUC will maintain the intended purpose of this funding.

Unfortunately, it appears that the 10 hospitals were unaware of the significant monies available through National Grid designed to assist large users with energy improvement projects, including one large hospital with significant energy projects planned for the near future. If these funds remain available for C&I accounts, NHHA (and hopefully, with National Grid's assistance) will do all it can to promote National Grid's energy funding program and the availability of these funds. We would also be willing to survey the 10 hospitals as to their short and long term energy improvement plans, if this would assist with the ultimate determination of the C&I monies.

Speaking as a representative of an energy-intensive industry that operates on a round-the-clock basis, any and every opportunity to help hospitals save on their energy costs is critical, especially given the difficult economic challenges hospitals are experiencing today.

I thank you for your consideration, and appreciate the opportunity to weigh in on this important matter.

Sincerely,

Steve Ahnen