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CO-generators increase back-up power for North Bay hospital

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By this time next year the North Bay hospital will have more secure back-up power in an emergency.  The development is thanks to a co-generation project with North Bay Hydro and the City of North Bay.  Right now diesel engines only power 40 percent of the facility in a blackout but the co-gens will increase coverage to at least 85 percent during an outage.  The co-gens use natural gas to generate electricity and Hydro spokesman Umar Waqas says the waste heat they produce create a spin-off benefit which is to heat water and that can be used to heat or cool down different parts of the facility.  The  City is loaning the hospital about $4 million dollars for the project which it will pay back over 20 years from the energy savings the co generators create.  Another $2 million is being accessed through another program.

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