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May 14, 2013 | last updated May 14, 2013 10:58 am

Aroostook hospital taps compressed natural gas for savings

In a move that is expected to save The Aroostook Medical Center up to $500,000 a year, the Presque Isle hospital on Monday became the first facility in the state and only second in the nation to convert to compressed natural gas for heating and cooling.

According to the Bangor Daily News, total startup costs for the compressed natural gas conversion project are approximately $300,000, allowing for a return on investment to occur in less than one year. TAMC officials told the newspaper they also intend to expand the use of compressed natural gas to include powering the hospital's clothes dryers and cooking ovens.

Mechanical Services Inc. and New England-based XNG (Xpress Natural Gas) partnered with the hospital on the project.

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