Hospital Purchases 100% Renewable Energy

York Hospital will begin purchasing 100 percent of its electricity from Maine renewable sources as part of a commitment to creating environmentally healthy surroundings for patients, staff and communities.

York, Maine – March 7, 2003 [] While the state of Maine requires 30 percent of the energy sold in the state to come from renewable sources, York Hospital has raised the bar by going to 100 percent, becoming the first hospital in the state to set such a precedent. “Nothing is more important to us than the health of our patients,” stated Stephen Pelletier of York Hospital. “We believe that the health of the environment very much affects the health of each and every one of us. We are committed to doing everything we can to contribute to good health in the communities we serve and this is one big step in that direction.” Pelletier added. Constellation NewEnergy, working through Maine PowerOptions (MPO), will supply the green power for the hospital. It is the first 100 percent renewable energy contract Constellation NewEnergy signed in Maine. Constellation NewEnergy and York Hospital came together through the services of Maine PowerOptions, a not-for-profit energy-purchasing consortium that serves as an aggregator for Maine’s governmental and non-profit organizations. The group-purchasing program is designed to increase the buying power of eligible participant organizations for the bulk purchase of fuel oil and electricity. Maine generators produce electricity from hydroelectric, biomass (wood waste), municipal solid waste and co-generation facilities. Other possible renewable resources include wind, fuel cells, tidal, solar and geothermal generators. “Many organizations are seeing the bottom-line benefits of addressing environmental issues,” according to Bob Sheppard, Associate Director of Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP), a Northeast nonprofit organization dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming. “It’s exciting to see York Hospital leading the way. It is rare to find an organization able to make a commitment to 100 percent Renewable Energy resources. It sets an important precedent in the region–one which I am sure others will want to follow.”
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