Ridgeview switches to another fuel source to save natural gas supply for the community

Waconia, MN (Jan. 29, 2014)—During the recent cold weather, Ridgeview Medical Center continued to do its part in preserving the health of the community. When temperatures plummet and CenterPoint Energy requests a conservation of natural gas, Ridgeview voluntarily removes itself from the natural gas supply grid and switches to alternative fuels to meet heating demands. “Doing so makes a large impact on meeting the natural gas supply needs of the community at large and prevents lost natural gas supplies to people’s homes—without compromising the care and safety of patients or staff,” said  Todd Wilkening, director of Facility Services, Ridgeview Medical Center. “Additionally, Ridgeview has energy management programs in place to encourage energy conservation at all of our locations.”

Ridgeview primarily uses natural gas to meet its heating needs, but it also has the option to use heating oil to offset community demand.

About Ridgeview Medical Center

Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit, regional health care system located just 35 minutes west of Minneapolis on Highway 5. Its network includes two hospitals—located in Waconia and Arlington—a multitude of primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs, and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska—a free-standing 24/7 emergency and urgent care facility with multispecialty clinics and services. For more information about Ridgeview Medical Center, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org