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Veolia Energy Establishes Energy Leadership Position in Healthcare Sector with Completion of Major Operating Agreement

06/2/10  • Energy
BOSTON, June 2, 2010- Veolia Energy North America, a leading U.S. operator and developer of sustainable energy systems, today announced that it has secured the final regulatory approvals required for the finalization of a long-term agreement to operate and maintain the Medical Area Total Energy Plant (MATEP) assets in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, home to six world-class, Harvard Medical School-affiliated medical institutions.

Hospital campuses, which essentially function as mini-cities, are ideal candidates for sustainable energy solutions, given their critical need for reliable energy, and their complex energy and infrastructure requirements. From its central plant, MATEP meets the needs for electrical energy; HVAC, heating and cooling systems; sterilization and specialist heating; operation of refrigeration facilities; and medical vacuum for the six hospitals that feature more than 2,000 beds and serve 85,000 inpatients and 50,000 outpatients a year. In addition to reducing operating costs and the environmental footprint of these facilities, the management of these services protects mission critical areas, including operating rooms and research laboratories, from risks associated with any disruption to the local power grid.

"Hospitals and healthcare facilities face increasing pressure to manage their energy risks, meet increasingly stringent environmental standards, and control costs, while not compromising their commitment to patient care," said Stewart A. Wood, President and CEO of Veolia Energy North America." The completion of this long-term agreement to fulfill the requirements of these six world-class facilities not only showcases our expertise in the healthcare sector, but also serves as a powerful model for other hospital campuses."

"Large hospital campuses such as those supported by MATEP are the perfect fit for our sustainable energy services and expertise, where we assume primary responsibility for energy management so that healthcare providers may focus on their core competence of delivering quality healthcare to their patients," added Wood.

Serving six prominent medical institutions - Harvard School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children's Hospital Boston, and Joslin Diabetes Center - MATEP features a central district energy plant (heating and cooling) that operates in both combined heat and power and combined cycle modes. Combined heat and power (CHP) is significantly more energy-efficient than traditional generation because the waste heat from the power generation process is recycled into useful thermal energy that is then used for heating and cooling.

MATEP is comprised of combustion turbines, diesel and steam turbine generators, heat recovery steam generators, conventional boilers and large industrial chillers. The plant's production capacity is substantial:
  •  970,000 lbs./hour of steam and hot water capacity
  •  41,875 tons of chilled water capacity
  •  83 MW of electric generating capacity, including 47 MW of CHP
  •  1.3 miles of steam and hot water pipe distribution network
  •  0.8 miles of chilled water pipe distribution network
With the commencement of the operating agreement, Veolia Energy now provides sustainable energy services and facility operations and management to nearly 5,550 healthcare establishments around the world, representing almost 500,000 beds.

About Veolia Energy North America
Based in Boston, MA, Veolia Energy North America is a leading U.S. operator and developer of sustainable energy systems. The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, employing more than 28,000 North American personnel who deliver sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation every day.

Veolia Energy's parent company, Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), is the global standard for environmental services. With approximately 313,000 employees in 74 countries, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of nearly $50 billion in 2009. Veolia Environnement is in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and Dow Jones STOXX Sustainability Index (DJSI STOXX). Visit the company's Web sites at www.veolianorthamerica.com and www.veoliaenergyna.com.

Contact:
Veolia Energy North America - Rowan Sanders
Tel: 617-849-6656
E-mail:
rsanders@veoliaenergyna.com