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M&SCA Members Learn the Benefits of CoGeneration at CTCA Facility

Friday, April 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Catie Scott
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On Friday, April 13, labor and management representatives from Local 420 and M&SCA, public and private energy partners, and local and community leaders came together for a luncheon and presentation on how CoGeneration can benefit facilities and reduce energy costs.  The presentation was held at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Philadelphia who, over the past two years, has gone through the process of implementing this cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly option.

Jeff Ryan, COO & Senior VP of Finance for CTCA, Anthony Gallagher, Business Manager for Steamfitters Local 420, and Timothy Brink, Executive VP of M&SCA of Eastern PA, welcomed attendees with opening remarks. Each stressed the importance of CoGeneration and applauded working relationship that labor and management maintains with CTCA.  Following the introduction, Matt Zsofka of M&SCA Member Contractor Herman Goldner Co., Inc. gave an in-depth presentation of the system that they installed at CTCA and the specifics of how it operates.  Additional presenters included Brad Bathgate of PWI Engineering and Sherif Youssef, Director of Sales & Marketing for Philadelphia Gas Works, both of whom spoke about the role their companies played on the project in conjunction with Herman Goldner Co. and how CoGeneration improves the environment as a whole.

CoGeneration is the process of generating electricity onsite and recovering the heat produced by the generation to produce heat to control the temperature in the hospital and to produce hot water.  In addition to the reduced operating costs CoGeneration can also lower a facility‚Äôs carbon footprint, benefitting the surrounding environment.  By opting to use this method on their facility, CTCA has generated an annual net operational savings of nearly $500,000 per year.  Since arriving in the area 12 years ago, they have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in their property and helping the surrounding neighborhood.  It serves as an economic engine for the area, with patients traveling an average of 225 miles to receive treatments.  Energy savings of this magnitude allow them to decrease their operating costs significantly in order to continue innovating, providing the best treatment for their patients, and contributing to the community and the City of Philadelphia. 


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