The Energy Services unit works diligently to procure the best value for energy and water supplies for the campus. This unit also identifies energy efficiency projects and rebate programs that will help augment the repair and replacement of worn out mechanical, controls and lighting systems on campus, as well as minimize utility expenses.
Through energy savings, Facilities Planning & Management was able to build its first chilled water central plant with a thermal energy storage unit for the University. The new plant provides the necessary chilled water to cool 18 major buildings located in the core of the campus. The central plant reliably and efficiently produces chilled water, reduces noise pollution in each connected building, is projected to reduce electrical consumption by 18% and, by operating in off-peak hours, further reduces the campus' electric utility costs.
Additionally, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems in several major buildings and outside areas have been retrofitted to provide improved lighting and increased comfort, and to reduce energy consumption.