Wisconsin health system's energy independence aims for healthier environment

December 29, 2014

Gundersen Health System powered past denials and failures on its way to achieving energy independence, according to an article on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website.

On 14 days in a recent month, Gundersen produced enough of its own energy to meet the health system's needs. 

It took a lot of different pieces to do it — a combination of wind farms, bioenergy projects, some solar, and a large landfill gas project and geothermal heating system, the article said.

Changes included:

• An aggressive investment in energy-saving projects to eliminate waste

 Programs to cut waste, such as construction products and medical waste

 An extensive renewable energy initiative

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