FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2017
SOUTHWESTERN VERMONT HEALTH CARE SIGNS CONTRACT WITH NG ADVANTAGE
The 99-bed community hospital switched to NG Advantage to use cleaner fuel, save money
Colchester, VT – NG Advantage LLC, which is majority-owned by Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) and is the U.S.’s leading provider of trucked natural gas, announced that it has signed a 5-year contract with Southwestern Vermont Health Care to deliver compressed natural gas (CNG) to their location in Bennington, Vermont.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care is a comprehensive health care system serving Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. The contract was signed for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, a 99-bed community hospital based in Bennington. NG Advantage will begin supplying the hospital with compressed natural gas this fall.
The hospital was seeking to source compressed natural gas and have a fueling station designed and built to accommodate a new central boiler plant that would primarily use compressed natural gas as its fuel source. Their existing boiler, which was being replaced and operated with fuel oil, requires significantly more equipment maintenance than natural gas and is both less clean and more expensive.
Two other medical centers in Vermont, Rutland Regional Medical Center and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, have already seen dramatic improvements in cost and a better adherence to their environmental initiatives after switching to NG Advantage.
“We are excited to offer Southwestern Vermont Health Care this chance to cut their costs and run their properties on a cleaner, more affordable fuel source,” said Rico Biasetti, CEO of NG Advantage. “Our aim in every contract is to help our partners keep their energy prices low and to enable them to put more of their money into directly helping those who rely on their services. In this case, we’re hopeful this transition will let SVHC devote even more resources to delivering outstanding care to patients, rather than worrying about monthly energy bills.”
“We decided to switch to compressed natural gas with NG Advantage because of their impeccable safety record, their reliability of service, and their significantly lower costs,” said the Director of Engineering at Southwestern Vermont Healthcare, Willy Hall. “We are thrilled that the hospital will be transitioning to cleaner, more efficient fuel, and we can use the money that we are saving to provide even better care to our patients.”
The contract’s announcement comes as NG Advantage begins to construct a new Operations Center in Fenton, New York, which will deliver the economic and environmental benefits of clean-burning natural gas to businesses within a 200-mile radius of the facility. In addition to providing cheaper and more efficient compressed natural gas to companies in the area, NG Advantage hopes to benefit the local economy by providing over 150 jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue to the Fenton community once the facility opens.
About NG Advantage
NG Advantage provides the economic and environmental benefits of clean-burning natural gas to boiler and kiln operators located beyond the reach of pipelines via one of the largest virtual pipeline trailer fleets in the US. The company pioneered trucking compressed natural gas to end users in the US and is the leading provider of this “virtual pipeline” service in the country. The company’s current customers include large regional hospitals, paper mills, asphalt plants, food processors, industrial dry cleaners, manufacturing facilities, and local pipeline companies. The company, which is majority owned by Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE), is expanding nationwide from its base in the Northeast. For more information, visit www.ngadvantage.com
About Southwestern Vermont Health Care
Southwestern Vermont Health Care is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices with offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a distinction it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org. For news and updates, follow facebook.com/svmedicalcenter.