Monday June 23, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM CDT
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Where - Tour (4:00 p.m.)

West Side Energy Center 
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612

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Tour Entrance

Jesse Brown VA Med. Ctr - Energy Center Entrance
West Ogden (south of Polk, north of Taylor)
Chicago, IL 60612


Where - Dinner (cocktails at 5:00 /dinner at 6:00/speaker at 7:00)

Pompei Restaurant
1531 W Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607

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Robin Pelsis 
Midwest Cogeneration Association 

MCA Tour of West Side Energy Center Serving the Jesse Brown VA Med Center and MCA Dinner 

Project Background

The Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center was seeking a demonstrated way to improve energy reliability and reduce costs for their 200 bed campus serving over 1,800 staff and 62,000 local veterans.  VA wanted a trusted partner offering low risk and no impact to the hospital's services NO COST to VA or taxpayers.

Strategies & Solutions

Energy Systems Group (ESG) designed, implemented, and now operates a leading edge energy center to meet the medical center's energy needs.

Leveraging the Enhanced-Use-Lease concept, ESG is able to dramatically improve the energy security and self-sufficiency for the entire medical campus. 

Key Installed Technologies

Complete Service Energy Center with

  • 3.4 MW of electric generation
  • 1 Heat Recovery Steam Generator
  • 2 package steam boilers
  • 100,000 pounds capacity per hour of steam production for VA
  • 3,000 tons per hour of chilled water supplied to VA
  • Dual-Fuel Capability for added energy security


Additional information on the West Side Energy Center can be found by clicking here.

Due to space and time constraints at the VA facility, the tour will be limited to the first 30 people to register for the tour.  Dinner is available to everyone.  Registrants will be notified by return email if they were one of the first thirty who requested to participate in the tour.  Again, attendance to the dinner meeting is unlimited, however the tour is limited to the first 30 registrants who specifically requested to participate in the tour. 

People who are taking the tour are REQUIRED to bring safety glasses and hard hat.  No open-toed shoes.  There is paid parking at the VA. 

Dinner 1 PDH

Dinner will be held at Pompei Restaurant just a short distance from the West Side Energy Center.  Everyone is welcome to attend the dinner.

Dinner Guest Speaker                                              Mike Romanco, Energy Systems Group 

Mike is responsible for leading the development of Sustainable Energy Infrastructure, primarily focusing on Combined Heat and Power, along with a variety of Distributed Generation opportunities for Energy Systems Group.  This includes management of the overall business and sales process, client engagement, developing technical and commercial solutions for these projects toward a client success.

  • BSME – Purdue University, West Lafayette 1985
  • 9 Years: Compressed Air Systems (Ingersoll-Rand)
  • 10 Years: CHP, DG, and Applied Energy R&D (NICOR, GE Power Systems, Gas Research/Gas Technology Institute)
  • 8+ Years: Demand Response, Smart Grid, Grid Regulation Services ( EnerNOC, Enbala Power Networks)
  • AEE- Energy Professional Development Award   
    Local Chicago Chapter, 2010
  • AEE – Energy Engineer of the Year Award          
    Local Chicago Chapter, 2009
Cost to attend is $35 for members and $45 for non members.  Non members who join the MCA will have the dinner fee waived.  There is no cost for the tour, but you MUST register for it, as space is limited to 30 people.Register Now! Last day to register is June 21st.