Conserving energy - LICH earns award for doing its part

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn received an award from Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECS) for its role in energy management during crisis conditions. ECS is a prestigious energy-management organization working with New York State to control its electricity supply and demand.

During electrical blackouts and brownouts, also called periods of “tension on the grid,” hospitals revert to emergency generators. However, the effect of the changeover on the sophisticated and highly sensitive systems used in hospital patient care had not previously been studied.

“We’re conducting drills using the ECS program of emergency electricity management in much the same way as we train in emergency disaster management,” says Ralph Gambardella, LICH chief engineer. “We have installed systems that will protect the patients with no interruption when there’s a sudden energy crisis situation.”

During a recent drill, LICH – 339 Hicks Street – was called upon by ECS to shed 1,200 kilowatts for a period of several hours, a likely scenario if the Con Edison grid was approaching capacity. The hospital went above and beyond by curtailing 2,120 kilowatts; 920 kilowatts more than expected. “Our success was due to the ongoing maintenance we perform on our emergency generators so they are at their peak performance during the event, as well as an extremely effective hospital-wide notification system,” adds Gambardella.

ECS concurs. “Long Island College Hospital is an ideal participant in the program, as they are highly motivated to help the community all while taking the necessary precautions to assure patient safety,” said Glen Smith, president and CEO of ECS. “They truly deserve the Blackout Buster award.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: