UES Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter Highlights:

FY16 Utilities & Energy Services Commodity Rates

The new FY16 Utilities and Energy Services rates became effective September 1st, 2015. In addition to services provided in the past, emergency generator maintenance, including preventative maintenance and major maintenance up to $5,000, is now included in the UES scope of work.

New UES Consumption & Cost Reports (UCC)

UES is introducing a new, easy-access UES Consumption & Cost (UCC) report to provide graphical representation of customer historic utility data and allows users to easily drill-down into specific details. This capability will allow our customers to more easily understand their energy usage and cost impact, identify trends, and evaluate savings opportunities. This new UCC report will be accessible by October 1st.

UES Major Projects

The new Campus Electrical Substation will add capacity to reliably meet growing campus electrical load (expected to increase from 70 MW in 2015 to over 100 MW by 2017). The $9.75M budget will install a new 138kV substation and 12.5kV electrical distribution center in Research Park. Customer rates should not increase as the capital cost is expected be more than offset by increased loads.

A $5 Million Campus Water Systems Improvement is underway to improve the chilled water, heating hot water, domestic cold and hot water distribution systems in residence hall and Corps Dorm areas of south campus. Phase I of the project is complete, and Phase II construction is scheduled to begin Fall 2015 with final completion in January 2017.

Thermal Energy Storage Tank will hold 3 million gallons of chilled water, and be located next to SUP2, west of Agronomy Road. This TES System will reduce utility cost, increase cooling capacity, provide greater service reliability and redundancy, and will benefit the environment by reducing overall energy consumption and shifting electrical load to off-peak periods when renewable energy is available as a higher percentage of the power supply to campus.

Historic Rate Comparison vs College Station Utilities and TECO

The cost effectiveness of UES rates is best demonstrated by comparing TAMU rates to the City of College Station for electricity, domestic cold water, and sanitary sewer and the Thermal Energy Corporation (TECO) for chilled water and steam. These lower costs are made possible by operating UES facilities and assets efficiently and effectively. A great example of reliable service is that UES has the ability to self-generate electricity which allows the University to disconnect from the grid (and island itself) in the event of natural disaster. The ability to self-generate together with an electrical distribution system provides a system that can weather the elements and maintain high reliability for campus customers.

Required Emergency Generator Transfer and Testing Programs

UES works closely with Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Facilities Services (SSC) to ensure that emergency generators (EGs) and emergency power circuits in the buildings operate as intended. There is an NFPA code that requires all 143 EGs on campus be transferred and tested monthly to ensure proper operation.  As of the end of August, permission to transfer 122 EG’s has been obtained and these systems were all confirmed by UES to be operating properly.  UES and SSC are working with building proctors and facility managers to identify sensitive equipment on building emergency circuits and to ensure that all occupants are aware of scheduled test dates and times. These tests are not optional and must be completed to meet code requirement BUT the goal is to minimize the impact on the teaching and research mission of the University.  Building proctors and facility managers are asked to contact Aggie Works at 979-845-4311 or aggieworks.tamu.edu to report any areas of concern that would prevent the required transfer and testing of EG circuits in the remaining 21 buildings. 

Open the September 2015 UES Newletter (PDF) to read more about each of these features.