Health Care Industry Most Likely To Invest In Energy Efficiency This Year

Posted on July 12th, 2010 by

BP begins initiatives to replace the Deepwater Horizon containment cap, Health Care the most likely industry to invest in energy efficiency, and the 3rd Governors’ Global Climate Summit to be held at UC-Davis in November.


Leading off, this past weekend, BP started the process of replacing the old containment cap with a new one. If the installation of the new oil containment cap is successful, then the recovery team will then wait and see if the cap is providing enough added pressure to keep the oil in the well or if plans to siphon the leaking oil will still need to be carried out.  Scientists estimate that the Deepwater Horizon Oil well is still leaking between 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil a day but the new Helix Producer, another oil capturing ship is expected to be operating at full capacity sometime this week.

Johnson Controls and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering have released the 2010 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey which finds that health care organizations are more likely to invest in energy efficiency for their facilities compared to other industry sectors across North America. 52% of North American health care organizations surveyed plan to make capital investments in energy efficiency over the next 12 months. Leading projects include lighting retrofits, adjustments to HVAC controls, installation of occupancy or daylight sensors (56%) and upgrades or improvements to building automation systems (56%). The survey found that the biggest hurdle that healthcare organizations face is the lack of capital available to invest in these improvements and cited that those surveys said that the average maximum allowable payback for investments is 3.4 years.

And finally, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday announced that this year’s Governors’ Global Climate Summit will be hosted at the Mondavi Center at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) on November 15 and 16. This will be the third time that this annual event will provide the opportunity for collaboration by global leaders who have goals to build greener economies. Last year, the Summit, held in Los Angeles, was attended by more than 1,200 attendees from more than 70 states, provinces and countries making it the largest gathering of regional leaders focused on climate solutions in the area.

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