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Mohegan Sun Pocono to Reduce Energy Consumption by 22%

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Pennsylvania’s first casino, and one of largest, to install cogeneration system
MOhegan Sun Pocono

Mohegan Sun Pocono will install a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system which will provide a reliable, energy-efficient source for heating and electric power and reduce their primary energy consumption by 22% and carbon footprint by 14%. Installation of the CHP system by Reading, Pennsylvania-based UGI HVAC Enterprises, Inc. (UGI HVAC) is anticipated to begin in March and be fully operational by fall 2016.

“The implementation of the CHP system is one of our core sustainability initiatives for 2016,” said Mike Bean, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun Pocono. “This system will significantly reduce congestion in the local energy grid while providing us with a reliable, cost-effective energy source. Once fully operational, the electricity and heating from the system is likely to reduce Mohegan Sun Pocono’s carbon footprint by 3,900 metric tons annually, the equivalent of removing 820 vehicles from the road, carbon sequestered from 3,200 acres of forest or the planting of 100,000 trees.”

CHP, also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous generation of electricity and heat from the same fuel source. This environmentally-friendly process generates electricity onsite using natural gas—a cleaner-burning fuel—to drive engine-based generating equipment. While most power plants in the U.S. do not utilize their waste heat, Mohegan Sun Pocono’s CHP system will capture heat from the engine’s exhaust gases and use it onsite. Aside from energy cost savings, the benefits include reduction in CO2 emissions, a continuous power supply and conservation of valuable fuel resources.

“We are thankful and excited about our partnership with UGI HVAC,” said Robert J. Soper, President of Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, the owner of Mohegan Sun Pocono. “This project stands as a testament to our commitment to long-term utility planning focused on utilizing cleaner energy sources and leading sustainable hospitality practices.”

UGI HVAC will provide the turnkey CHP system for Mohegan Sun Pocono. UGI Performance Solutions, a business unit of UGI HVAC, developed a system that addressed several areas of need for the facility.  Additionally, Mohegan Sun Pocono worked with UGI Utilities to upgrade its natural gas service to support the project.

“We are thrilled to partner with Mohegan Sun Pocono on this project, which continues our expansion of installed CHP capacity to over 2,600 kW in the past three years,” said Kevin Kelleher, Vice President of UGI HVAC.  ”The system will provide the facility with high-quality power while reducing operating costs and their environmental footprint.”

At part of its commitment to the community, Mohegan Sun Pocono and UGI HVAC worked with Penn State Hazleton engineering students on their Senior Design Capstone project which focused on alternative energy and power generation.

“On behalf of Penn State Hazleton, we were overjoyed to use the CHP system at Mohegan Sun Pocono as a foundation for our learnings,” said Dr. Joseph A. Ranalli, Assistant Professor of Engineering at Penn State Hazleton. Throughout the semester, students gathered information about Mohegan Sun Pocono and its proposed system, and researched how similar systems make use of waste heat. Students then performed a preliminary analysis on concepts for waste heat use that included space conditioning and generation of additional electrical power. Their research will continue into the spring semester when students will perform a detailed design and economic analysis to help other businesses recognize the benefits that a CHP system provides to themselves and the community.

The estimated cost of Mohegan Sun Pocono’s CHP system is $3 million, and 30 percent will be financed by a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

ABOUT UGI HVAC ENTERPRISES, INC. AND UGI UTILITIES, INC.

UGI HVAC Enterprises Inc. (“UGI HVAC”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Corporation. UGI HVAC provides heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, mechanical and electrical contracting, and project management services to residential, commercial and industrial customers. Through one of its business units, UGI Performance Solutions, UGI HVAC provides onsite power generation solutions.

UGI Utilities Inc., also a subsidiary of UGI Corporation, has headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania and serves 675,000 customers in 46 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO
Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

More Than 400 Families Get Help For Holidays From Mohegan Sun Pocono Team

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

“Adopt-a-Family” program in partnership with United Way

Mohegan Sun Pocono Adopt Family United Way

From Left to Right: Ann Jones, Luzerne County Maternal and Family Health Services; Becky Brey, Luzerne County Head Start; Mike Bean, Mohegan Sun Pocono; Jennifer Pugh Deemer, United Way of Wyoming Valley

WILKES-BARRE, PA (December 11, 2015) – In its first “Adopt-a-Family” program, Mohegan Sun Pocono’s generous teammembers have donated holiday gifts for more than 400 lower-income families in Luzerne County, each with up to seven children.

On Friday, December 11th, Mohegan Sun Pocono team members, led by President & CEO Mike Bean, loaded a moving van with over 1,700 wrapped gifts and delivered them to Luzerne County Head Start and Luzerne County Maternal and Family Health Services.

“Mohegan Sun Pocono is deeply involved in our community,” said Bean, “and there is no better time to give back to those in need than the holidays. I’m tremendously proud of our team members for making a difference for so many families this season.”

The United Way of Wyoming Valley was a key partner in facilitating this program, and in bringing forward the more than 400 families from Luzerne County Head Start and Luzerne County Maternal and Family Health Services.  Additionally, Mohegan Sun Pocono set up a Wishing Well where team members donated baby bottles, baby wipes and supplies, toys, coloring books, books and more for additional families in need.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO:
Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

NEPA Alliance Regional Leadership Award Presented To Mohegan Sun Pocono

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Honored for impact on the local economy and involvement in the community

Photo courtesy of NEPA Alliance. From left: Mary Beth Wood, NEPA Board Chairperson; Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway; Mike Bean accepting the Regional Leadership Award on behalf of Mohegan Sun Pocono and Jeffrey Box, President & CEO, NEPA Alliance.

WILKES-BARRE, PA (October 15, 2015) – On Thursday, October 1st, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) named Mohegan Sun Pocono the winner of the 2015 NEPA Alliance Regional Leadership Award at its annual dinner. Mohegan Sun Pocono President Mike Bean was on hand to accept the award with more than 325 local business and community leaders in attendance.

Jeffrey Box, President & CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance stated, “The NEPA Alliance Regional Leadership Award is presented annually to an agency, group or individual demonstrating a significant contribution to regional growth, development or cooperation within the seven county NEPA region.” Mr. Box noted that the award began in 2003. Box added, “The 2015 NEPA Alliance Regional Leadership Award recipient was Mohegan Sun Pocono for their positive impact on the regional economy and dedicated involvement in the Northeastern Pennsylvania community.”

“Mohegan Sun Pocono is proud to be part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania region, and is honored to have been selected as winner of the 2015 NEPA Alliance Regional Leadership Award,” said Bean. He continued, “We believe the region has a bright future, as we continue to build on all of the hard work and success of so many people who have worked tirelessly to create positive economic impact and make the community a better place for all.”

The NEPA Alliance Regional Leadership Award is dedicated in memory of John J. Luciani, former NEPA Board Chairperson. It represents dedication to the people of the Northeastern Pennsylvania region, passion for economic growth and hard work that formed the foundation and advancement of NEPA. Past recipients include Anna Cervenak of NEPA Alliance; Robert G. Bee of WBRE-TV and Pahomepage.com; Colonel Gerhard P.R. Schröter, former commander of Tobyhanna Army Depot and United Neighborhood Centers of Scranton.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO:
Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app and view us on YouTube.

ABOUT NEPA ALLIANCE:

The NEPA Alliance, a regional community and economic development agency, serves the seven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania including Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne. NEPA Alliance services include Business Financing, Government Contracting Assistance, Non Profit Assistance, Transportation Planning, Research and Information and Local Government Services. For more information about NEPA Alliance visit http://www.nepa-alliance.org or call 866-758-1929.

Mohegan Sun Pocono Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Supporting cancer services in the Northeastern Pennsylvania areaBreast Cancer Awareness

WILKES-BARRE, PA (October 13, 2015) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second most common cancer overall.

Mohegan Sun Pocono is committed to helping fight this devastating disease. Nearly 300 team members purchased a pink Mohegan Sun Pocono breast cancer awareness shirt to wear in lieu of their uniform shirts on Mondays and Fridays during October. All proceeds from the sale of these shirts will be donated to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, a local, non-profit organization working to ease the burden of cancer solely in Northeastern Pennsylvania by focusing on community and patient services, hospital and practice support services and cancer surveillance.

Mohegan Sun Pocono will also be host to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s annual Spirit of Hope Celebration on Friday, November 6th. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Patient Navigation Program, which helps cover the cost of recommended breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings for low income, uninsured or underinsured individuals in Northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information about the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute or their Spirit of Hope Celebration, visit their website.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO:
Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app and view us on YouTube.

Mohegan Sun Pocono Team Members To Give Back On Public Service Day, June 23rd

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

WHAT

On National Public Service Day, Tuesday June 23rd, over 30 Mohegan Sun Pocono Team Members will volunteer at the Weinberg Regional Food Bank to package food to be shipped to those in need.

Please stop by and chat with our Team Members, and learn more about the impact they are making in our community.

WHEN

Tuesday, June 23rd
Commission on Economic Opportunity’s Weinberg Regional Food Bank at the Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Center for Healthy Living
9:00am to 2:00pm

IN DETAIL

On National Public Service Day, Tuesday June 23rd, over 30 Mohegan Sun Pocono Team Members will volunteer at the Weinberg Regional Food Bank to package food to be shipped to those in need including food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, group homes for the disabled, day care centers, children’s camps and senior citizens programs. This program at the CEO (Commission of Economic Opportunity) helps alleviate hunger and promote proper nutrition in our local area, and support from local community organizations like Mohegan Sun Pocono truly helps make a difference in the lives of those in need.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app and view us on YouTube.