UPMC buys "green" energy credits

May 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Kris B. Mamula
Reporter- Pittsburgh Business Times

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UPMC has switched to green energy to power its data centers, buying renewable energy credits for Pennsylvania wind power equal to its data centers’ annual energy usage, according to the hospital giant.

UPMC bought 15,400 renewable energy credits generated by wind farms in Pennsylvania from EverPower Wind Holdings Inc. The purchase equates to 15,400,000 kilowatt hours of renewable electricity, accounting for all of the annual electricity use at UPMC’s corporate and Shadyside data centers.

“As a good steward of the environment and public health, we are pleased to be able to make this commitment to local wind energy for our employees and our patients,” UPMC Chief Information Officer Dan Drawbaugh said in a prepared statement. UPMC is the first health system in the state to make such a commitment.

Through the purchase of renewable energy credits, UPMC’s commitment is expected to avoid the emission of more than 11,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide that would result from an equivalent amount of energy generated by burning fossil fuels. The result will be reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Kris Mamula covers health care, insurance and employee benefits for the Pittsburgh Business Times. Contact him at kmamula@bizjournals.com or 412-208-3825.

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