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North Chicago Energy Center
North Chicago, Illinois
Project Background
North Chicago Veterans Affairs(VA) Medical
Center needed an innovative way to improve
energy service and reduce costs for their 40
building and 400 bed campus. The Center
also needed the capability to utilize a secure
source of energy and develop a campus
energy selfsufficiency program with low risk
and no impact to the hospital’s services and
all of this at NO COST to VA or taxpayers.
Strategies & Solutions
Energy Systems Group developed a cutting
edge solution that leveraged the Enhanced-
Use-Lease concept to dramatically improve
the energy security for the entire campus.
In partnership with the VA leadership, ESG
designed, constructed and now operates a
full-service energy center which provides
electricity and steam to the medical center
and associated facilities.
In addition, this energy center will also serve
the needs of adjacent Navy training barracks
to maximize utility effectiveness and cost
savings to the U.S Government. Through
this on-going $29 million partnership, VA
benefits include:
• Financing Package to Pay for Projects
Without Any Capital Expense from VA
• Reliable & Secure Source of Energy to Meet
all Campus Needs
• Reduced Energy and Operation Costs to
Support Existing Hospital Mission
• Energy Self-Sufficiency for the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center
As an added benefit, ESG was able to help VA
plan and meet for the campus future by:
• Medical Center receives a percentage of
revenues from ALL energy sales to non-
Key Installed Technologies
Complete Service Energy Center with
• 12 MW of electric generation
• 2 Heat Recovery Steam Generators
• 3 package steam boilers
• 250,000 pounds capacity per hour of steam
production for VA and USN
• Dual-Fuel capability for added
energy security
HVAC Systems
• Upgrades and modifications to HVAC
control systems for campus
• Chilled water system replacements to
maximize energy and cooling effectiveness
Steam Systems
• New steam plant
• Centralized steam supply from energy
center for VA and USN
Source of Revenue
• Export power to electric grid
Enhanced Energy Security
and Cost Savings
Thank you (ESG) for your efforts,
your focus, your commitment,
and your leadership to
complete this plant 5 1/2
months ahead of schedule and
under budget.”
Claude Hutchison,
Director, VA Asset Enterprise
Management Office
ESG is an award-winning energy services company that provides its customers with
innovative energy efficiency, technology, and long-term financing solutions for
modernization of their facilities and energy infrastructure.
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