Utility and Energy System Improvements

Utilities and Energy Management Initiatives and Improvements

Significant consumption and cost reduction over the last 8 years (FY02 to FY10)

  • 35% reduction in energy consumption per gross square foot
  • Corresponding reduction in emissions and GHG footprint
  • $105 million in energy cost avoidance
  • 25% reduction in domestic water consumption
  • Increased percent of solid waste diverted to recycled material from less than 10% to more than 40%

Upgraded Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generation

  • $73.25 million project – major systems fully operational in August 2011
  • Additional reduction in energy consumption, GHG emissions, and operating cost
  • $10 million DOE grant awarded to TAMU (reduced university funding requirement)

Energy Action Plan (EAP) 2015

  • Energy Stewardship Program (ESP)
  • Utilities and Energy Master Plan
  •  Awareness, Education, Outreach & Engagement
  • Utility Production/Distribution Optimization
  •  Comprehensive Building Automation Management
  • Smart Energy Campus Initiative (SECI)
  • Utility Metering and Data Management
  • Building Energy Efficiency Optimization
  • Building System Retro-Commissioning
  • Environmental Benefit and GHG Reduction
  • Server Room Consolidation/Virtualization

Utilities and Energy Management (UES) Master Plan in progress – to be completed in Fall 2011

  • Define utility infrastructure requirements and develop recommended implementation plan
  • Utility production and distribution system optimization
  • Building automation and HVAC system optimization
  • Update and establish design standards for new buildings and major renovations
  • Perform energy consumption, financial, and environmental impact analyses
  • Recommend new opportunities to leverage technology and academic partnering

Utility infrastructure capacity, reliability and efficiency upgrades since 2002

  • $200 million in utility infrastructure capital improvements
  • Connected additional 3.5 million gross square feet into utility infrastructure
  • 1,500 revenue-quality meters installed in 500 buildings
  • Installed 11 new high-efficiency chillers (25,000 tons of additional capacity)
  • Installed 15 new high-efficiency boilers (83.5 mmBtu/hr of additional capacity)
  • Major upgrade of utility plant monitoring and control system (Emerson Ovation)
  • Numerous cooling tower, pumping, and auxiliary system upgrades
  • Significant improvement in capacity, safety, reliability, and efficiency of utility/energy services

Improved building automation and control

  • $15 million HVAC control and lighting upgrades being installed in 24 facilities in 2011
  • 120 facilities on Siemens building automation system – one of the world’s largest systems
  • Precise control of environmentally sensitive research labs and other spaces
  • UES assumed additional responsibility in 2011 for comprehensive management of all building automation and environmental control – to raise standards and improve customer service

August 2011