ShareThis Page

Excela Latrobe gets $50,000 grant to improve energy efficiency

Stephen Huba
| Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, 10:10 a.m.
A part of the healing garden at the Excela Hospital Latrobe facility on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Evan R. Sanders | Tribune-Review
A part of the healing garden at the Excela Hospital Latrobe facility on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Excela Health Latrobe Hospital has received a $50,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund to improve its levels of energy efficiency, the hospital said in a news release.

The grant will allow the hospital to install SkySpark analytics software that will monitor energy consumption trends over time, enabling the identification of abnormalities and consistently poor performance, the release said.

“Incorporating this software will assist our continuous improvement process and enable identification of new energy savings opportunities,” said Dan Robison Excela Health's facilities director. “SkySpark is crucial to maintain and build upon Latrobe's previous onsite energy savings of 18 percent.”

Fault detection software such as SkySpark can detect manual overrides of controls that would otherwise go unnoticed and allows engineers to check the status of equipment remotely, preventing the reversal of previously achieved energy savings, the release said.

Excela Latrobe recently invested in HVAC system upgrades by equipping air handling units and related mechanical equipment with new digital controls and adjusting temperature and air flow set points to save energy.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.