Lister’s new £2.7 million power plant shortlisted for national award

The Health Service Journal has just announced that the Trust’s new £2.7 million power plant at the Lister has been shortlisted in the energy efficiencies category of the prestigious annual HSJ Efficiency Awards. Final judging takes place on 5 July with the awards themselves taking place in central London on 25 September 2013.

The Lister’s new combined heat and power plant, which was opened officially by Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland in December 2012 – has secured the hospital’s electricity, heating and cooling needs for the foreseeable future. This £2.7 million project, which included the clearance of a £1.3 million repairs backlog in the Lister’s heating and hot water systems, has brought several immediate benefits:

  • The Lister’s energy bills will be reduced by an estimated £0.65 million annually;
  • The entire Trust’s carbon emissions will fall by nearly 20% – significantly more than the Department of Health’s 10% target, which also had to be achieved by 2015;
  • The reduction in carbon emissions will also mean the Trust pays less under the new carbon tax that came into effect from 2012.

Commenting on today’s announcement by the HSJ, the Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, said:

“I was delighted to hear that the entry made to the awards by the Trust’s estates team has been shortlisted. It is real recognition for what is a truly innovative project that saves the Trust money, reduces our carbon footprint and meets the Lister’s energy needs for many years to come.

Mr Carver continued:

“The team now has a couple of weeks to fine tune their presentation for the judges when they present to them on 5 July. I’m confident that will do well – and if they bring home an award come September, then it will be deserved thoroughly.”

The new combined heat and power plant at the Lister, which has been funded and built by the Trust’s specialist independent sector partner, Dalkia Utilities Services plc, allows the Trust to secure a highly cost-efficient and sustainable solution to the hospital’s power needs as the hospital enters the last couple of years of its redevelopment programme.

This important project forms part, therefore, of the some £150 million being invested in to transforming the Lister, by the end of 2014, in to the main emergency and inpatient hospital for east and north Hertfordshire, as well as parts of Bedfordshire.

Combined heat and power plants provide electricity, heat and cooling from a single fuel source and significantly more efficient than conventional power stations. This enables them to provide cost savings, greatly reduced emissions and carbon footprint, independent electricity supply and less exposure to electricity price fluctuations.

In the Lister’s case, the guaranteed annual energy savings have been calculated at £647,050, with a reduction of 4,040 tonnes of carbon emissions – 19% of the Trust’s total emissions across all four of its hospital sites currently. This reduction also means that the Trust will outlay less in the new carbon tax that came in to effect from 2012, thus saving even more money