Energy disruptions have significant implications for patients at both hospitals and residential care facilities. Several of the casualties from Irma, Katrina and Sandy can be linked to a lack of adequate power during and after those events. In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) contracted with Arup to conduct an Energy Resilience Assessment for 12 state-owned medical and residential care facilities. The sites were selected for their housing of difficult-to-relocate residents who live on-site 24/7. In some cases, residents include at-risk patient populations, such as those on life-support systems. For all sites, an extended loss of utility service could render the facility non-operational and require costly and potentially risky patient or client relocations. The presentation will provide an overview of the energy resilience gaps observed, and provide a methodology for studying the feasibility of using clean energy systems (such as CHP, Solar + Storage, Fuel Cells, wind, etc.) to increase the on-site resilience. Lessons learned regarding the major enablers and challenges to using clean energy systems for resilience will also be presented.
Geoff Gunn, ArupAlan Glynn, Arup
1800 West Park Drive, Suite 350
Westborough, MA 01581 USA
Phone +1 (508) 366-9339
Fax +1 (508) 366-0019
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