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Hospital System Saves Money at Online Energy Auction

By Jan Greene
HFM Magazine

Hospitals struggling with higher prices for electricity and gas, exacerbated by rising usage from energy-hungry technology, may have a new option to manage those costs—a reverse energy auction.

The auction requires energy suppliers to offer contracts in a quick, competitive online session similar to eBay, in contrast to the relatively slow process of issuing requests for proposal on paper and waiting for the bids to come in. Proponents say the auction pushes suppliers to offer better prices than they would otherwise.

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