In support of the Texas A&M University Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and the 2018 Sustainability Master Plan, the Energy Action Plan (EAP) 2025 has been established to continue improving the efficiency and effectiveness of mission-critical utilities and energy services. Continuing upon an energy efficiency improvement of 50 percent for Source Energy Use Index (EUI) from FY02 through FY20, EAP 2025 has a goal to continue improving services while reducing Source EUI by an additional 3 percent (with a target of 182) for the period from FY20 through FY25 (See Energy Use Index or EUI chart). This goal is challenging but can be accomplished through effective implementation and management of the following comprehensive EAP 2025 plan.
All along the way, UES has kept its finger on the energy pulse of the campus and has reduced total campus energy consumption by 15% while the campus grew by 63% when compared to an FY02 baseline. (see Divergent Energy Chart). UES has recently championed the introduction of solar power that will provide 20% of the campus’s energy consumption from clean, renewable power beginning in summer 2022. This is not simply renewable for the sake of renewable but is a cost-effective purchase that fits nicely into the UES portfolio of energy procurement options that include generating power as well as purchasing power from the ERCOT grid. UES has also taken the lead and developed campus standards for building efficiency as well as design standards contained in the TAMU Design Standards. A recent UES designed program designated the Energy Performance Improvement program or EPI has shown tremendous results by cost avoiding over $2.5 million in energy costs since its inception in 2019.
In addition, UES continues to take pride in operating the (4) utility plants on the College Station campus and the utility plant at the Moore Connally building and welcomes the addition of the RELLIS plant and the Health Science Center (HSC) plants located in Bryan. This brings the total chilled water tonnage under UES management to over 60,000 tons and peak electrical consumption to over 90 MWs.
You can read about all 11 initiatives of EAP2025 here:
- Initiative 1 – Energy Stewardship Program (ESP)
- Initiative 2 – Energy Performance Improvement (EPI) Program
- Initiative 3 – Building Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Optimization – Capital Investment
- Initiative 4 – Utilities and Energy System Capital Planning
- Initiative 5 – Utility Production and Distribution Optimization
- Initiative 6 – Sustainability (Environmental Benefit) and GHG Reduction
- Initiative 7 – Energy Awareness, Education, Outreach, and Engagement
- Initiative 8 – Comprehensive Building Automation Management
- Initiative 9 – Comprehensive Utility Metering, Data Management, Billing, and Reporting
- Initiative 10 – Building Energy Optimization
- Initiative 11 – Academic and Research Collaboration and Partnering