Business Case Studies
In the late 1990s, Bucknell replaced its aging coal-fired campus power plant with a $12 million natural-gas fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, achieving a 97% reduction in plant emissions and annual savings of $1 million in electricity costs. The University was one of the first in the region to adopt this technology, which included a combustion turbine to supply a heat recovery steam generator, a steam turbine generator, two supplementary boilers, and a sophisticated control system. Read more about Bucknell's CHP system.
Every year, millions of rides are provided to Pennsylvania residents who rely on public bus service to transport them where they need to go. Behind that service are hundreds of millions of dollars in annual operating costs, including tens of millions in fuel costs. In recent years, rising prices and high volatility of gasoline and diesel prompted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), which funds PA’s transit agencies, to investigate alternative fuels. Considering PA’s easy access to low-cost and abundant natural gas supply, the solution was clear. Read more about PennDOT's investment in natural gas vehicles.
In 2007, Waste Management unveiled a progressive set of sustainability goals, including the commitment to lower the fleet emissions by 15% by 2020, translating to a reduction of 3.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, $1 billion in operational costs and 350 million gallons of diesel fuel. Just four years later, the initial goal was surpassed, nine years early, facilitated by the transition of their fleet vehicles to natural gas. Read more about Waste Management's transition to CNG vehicles.
Known as the premier provider of medical care in the central Pennsylvania area - recognized as the number four hospital in the state and home to PA’s only medical facility accredited as both an adult and pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center – Penn State Hershey Medical Center is also focused on caring for the environment. Demonstrating their commitment to both top notch patient care and sustainability, the medical center invested in a cogeneration facility to minimize their energy footprint. Read more about Hershey Medical Center's CHP system.
A forward-thinking developer of luxury properties, the KRE Group began their endeavor to incorporate natural gas appliances as a best practice in their multi-family properties with Madison Farms, a high-end community in the Lehigh Valley. Ingenuity, planning and rebates offered by UGI Utilities resulted in a successful pursuit and an adoption of new best practices. Read more about the benefits natural gas provided to the KRE Group.
The Gatorade Company, Inc., a division of PepsiCo, completed construction of combined heat and power (CHP) system at its processing plant in Mountain Top, PA in November 2016. The objective of this project was to reduce cost and to help achieve their goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% by the year 2030. Read more about PepsiCo's CHP system.