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Energy cost reduction strategies and projects

  • Fuel switching opportunities at T.B. Simon Power Plant – Exploring alternative fuel options such as waste wood and biomass corn starch byproduct.  Evaluate new technologies such as bio-solid syn-gas generators, etc. Continue to evaluate coal and natural gas markets to optimize purchases based on market conditions.
  • Building Utilization/Classroom Consolidation – Implemented in January 2008, reductions made in 6 of 8 target buildings, continue to identify areas of consolidation.
  • Retro-Commissioning –  Team was formed to perform retro-commissioning of existing buildings with a focus on energy savings.  Plan to retro-commission over 100 major buildings on campus to optimize energy use over the next 5 years.
  • All New Construction on Campus is designed to LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Certifiable Standards
  • Owner Commissioning of New Facilities – Then commissioning team will provide a consistent method of commissioning new facilities; reduce overall construction costs; eliminate duplication of effort during construction; optimize building operation in order to ensure the design intent is met with regard to energy savings; ensure we meet energy achievements of LEED criteria including energy savings goals.
  • Metering – Upgrade existing electrical meters in buildings to include real time data accessible to campus users on the web to encourage energy conservation and behavior changes,  such as turning off computers and lights when leaving for the day.
  • Environmental Stewards Program - Every building has a group of Environmental Stewards that are the eyes and ears of the building to assist with energy conservation and encourage behavior change of building occupants to save energy.
  • Food Science – Installed air quality system in a select number of labs to monitor air quality and during unoccupied periods reduce the number of air changes per hour in the lab.  Reducing the amount of air that is cooled or heated, along with fan speed reductions based on reduced air flows will save energy.
  • Chemistry Building – Classroom labs on first floor have been programmed through central control to reduce the number of air changes per hour based on occupancy to reduce energy consumption.
  • Pavilion – High bay fluorescent fixtures have been installed in the animal preparation area as a test.
  • Central Control – Install direct digital controls and connect Manly Miles and Nisbet building to Central Control.  
  • Lighting Controls – Install occupancy sensors or photo cell control where it is cost effective in existing facilities.  Retrofit those areas that would lend themselves to control, examples are Business College and Wells Hall.
  • New Technology or Equipment – Evaluate and identify opportunities to install new technology or equipment that will conserve energy or provide renewable resources.  -  Example partnering with the College of Engineering to study composite materials used in manufacturing of wind turbines, also to study the aspects of recycling glass for use in concrete, and to study new types of cooling processes such as new type of energy efficient water chiller.  Partnering with the School of Planning and Construction Design to model buildings on campus with regard to energy use.
  • Purchasing Department encourages campus users to buy energy star equipment and have their web site set up to easily select the green, energy efficient products.

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