Hospital feels the pain of rising power bills
We are looking at ways to use less ’ energy — Anne McEvoy
RISING power costs look set to claim another victim — and this one could hurt the community as a whole.
As power costs continue their upward spiral, essential infrastructure such as hospitals are finding even they aren’t immune to the effects if current estimates are correct for the coming months.
Chief executive officer of the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service Anne McEvoy said estimates for the foreseeable future weren’t looking good with the hospital’s bill expected to rise substantially.
‘‘The delivery of power isn’t an issue but the cost is where we are anticipating problems in the coming months,’’ Mrs McEvoy said.
‘‘We’re projecting the new contract we are on to cost us an additional $120,000 for our power costs over the year, which is simply just too high.
‘‘The last one we had before this was a good deal and didn’t cost too much, but the new one is projected to be a significant increase over that in terms of overall cost.’’
REDHS isn’t the only place affected by these cost increases, with this issue affecting the health industry as a whole, as the cost of power keeps rising.
‘‘We aren’t the only ones who are going to be affected by this as it’s a statewide problem, so something needs to done to bring down the costs,’’ Mrs McEvoy said.
‘‘We are looking at ways to use less energy with eco-friendly lighting for example, but doing those properly takes time and costs more money to set up.
‘‘As we’ve grown the cost has gone up and all we can really do right now is see how accurate our predictions are going to be.’’
Support from the government to cover the increasing costs has been stagnant, which Mrs McEvoy said would greatly relieve the pressure on them to deal with the predicted cost hike.
‘‘We haven’t had any subsidies to help cover these costs and I think there is a role there for the government to help out services like ours so these costs don’t continue to rise and have a lasting impact on us,’’ she said.