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SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AND PSE&G CUT RIBBON ON ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM

Release date: 9/14/2015

SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AND PSE&G CUT RIBBON ON ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM

Five-Station System at New Brunswick, NJ Hospital Is Part of PSE&G Pilot Program

(New Brunswick, NJ – September 10, 2015). – Officials from Saint Peter’s University Hospital and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) today marked the completion of a five- station electric vehicle (EV) charging system at the New Brunswick, NJ hospital.  The Saint Peter’s University Hospital EV charging system is located on the ground floor of the hospital’s CARES parking garage and is part of a PSE&G pilot program designed to help spur the adoption of electric vehicles in the utility’s electric service territory.  

“Saint Peter’s Healthcare System encourages the use of plug-in electric vehicles as a means of increasing our energy security, improving fuel economy, lowering fuel costs, and reducing emissions,” said Ronald C. Rak, CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “The charging station enables us to fulfill those goals as a proud steward of a cleaner environment and better health.”

 

This is the third time that PSE&G and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System have partnered to complete innovative energy-related projects.  A combined 2.1 megawatt-dc solar system on several various hospital sites around New Brunswick was financed through the utility’s Solar Loan Program and nearly $5 million in energy efficiency improvements were implemented at Saint Peter’s University Hospital through the PSE&G Hospital Efficiency Program.

“Saint Peter’s is a place where human health and community well-being matter,” Rak added. “By generating our own solar electricity and instituting numerous energy efficiencies, the healthcare system’s core values have been extended to reducing New Jersey’s carbon footprint, reducing pollution from traditional power sources and ensuring a reliable source of power for the long term.’

 

As part of the pilot program, Saint Peter’s University Hospital committed to immediately utilizing the five charging stations for staff members who own and drive electric vehicles to the hospital.  In return, PSE&G provided the EV charging equipment free-of-charge and the hospital paid for the installation of the units and will pay for ongoing maintenance and electricity costs.  

“The lack of convenient charging stations remains an impediment that keeps potential EV drivers from going all electric,” said Joe Forline, vice president-customer solutions, PSE&G.  “By offering this pilot program and partnering with forward-thinking organizations like Saint Peter’s University Hospital we are doing our part to alleviate ‘range anxiety’ among current EV owners  while also demonstrating to potential owners that EVs are a viable option in New Jersey.”

The PSE&G pilot program currently has 25 EV charging stations in service at four customer locations around the state, including Saint Peter’s University Hospital.  There are 10 additional charging stations under construction at two other customer sites, and the utility is in discussion with several other customers with the goal of installing 50 individual charging stations at 10 customer locations by the end of 2015.

In addition to providing a convenient charging option for EV drivers, the PSE&G pilot program also allows the utility to collect real-world data about how the chargers are used.  This will allow PSE&G to better understand the impact that large-scale EV charging could have on the electric grid, identify areas of potential high-EV charger density and plan for infrastructure upgrades and modifications that may be needed.  

“By analyzing this data we will know how people and organizations use these charging systems in real life, which will  allow us to better plan for the future of EVs in New Jersey,” said Forline.

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