With frequent, and sometimes around the clock, needs for laundry and sterilization, lab equipment, food service and refrigeration; there’s no doubt that medical facilities require large amounts of energy. When it comes to providing the best energy solution for medical facilities and hospitals, natural gas allows for healthcare facilities to better manage operating costs, improve quality of care and reliability to maintain core services despite adverse conditions while offering the best energy value for heating, emergency generators, humidification and food service needs.
Natural gas service is significantly more reliable than electricity. Hospitals with strong electric and thermal load profiles are also excellent candidates for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) onsite generation and gas cooling.
Below are equipment suggestions:
Combined Heat and PowerOne solution making headway in the industry is Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as cogeneration. CHP is a form of distributed power generation and is typically located near the point of consumption. This technology is essentially the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy (heating and/or cooling) from a single source of energy, usually natural gas.
Natural Gas GeneratorsExtreme weather, summertime brownouts and many other unforeseen complications can interrupt the electrical service to your medical facility. With a natural gas standby power generator, you can be assured that when power is lost, your residents remain safe. This is particularly important in assisted living facilities where it's critical for medical equipment to remain fully operational.
Determining your facility’s natural gas requirement involves verifying the MBTu per hour and delivery pressure in psi (pounds per square inch) of each natural gas appliance you will keep and/or add. Note: You can do this yourself or you can contact your HVAC contractor, engineer, or facilities manager to get this information.
- If it is determined that your facility requires 1.5 MBTu or less, contact an HVAC contractor of your choice to get started.
- If it is determined that your facility requires 1.5 MBTu or more, contact a Washington Gas Commercial Account Manager to get started.
The Service Information Request form details your load, delivery pressure and general service requirements. For new construction projects, please include a site plan, property plat and/or dimensional sketch, including meter location, preferably in autoCAD format or in PDF.
Submit the required paperwork to:
Attention: Commercial Sales
6801 Industrial Road
Springfield, Virginia 22151
Please ensure the paperwork is complete and lists all anticipated gas equipment, the corresponding MBTu rating and required gas pressure.
Washington Gas will perform a cost –benefit analysis of the project per the governing tariff in your jurisdiction of D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
Once the evaluation is complete, you will receive a customer commitment letter from Washington Gas. Sign and return the letter, along with required contribution, if any.
Upon completion of the underground gas service, contact Washington Gas to request a gas meter.
A Washington Gas underground contractor will contact you to schedule the gas line installation.
The gas lines within the property must be inspected by the proper code authority of the jurisdiction. Your installer is responsible for tie-in.