We’ve been reducing the University’s energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions for over 12 years
Since 2004, we’ve been providing the power to learn at the University of Calgary through the planning and implementation of campus-wide reductions in both energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Guided by the Campus Utilities Infrastructure Plan—which we updated in 2006—we placed in operation a new 14 Megawatt combined heat and power (cogeneration) system in early 2012. This system supplies 70% of the Main Campus’ total electrical power requirements while reducing total campus greenhouse commissions by roughly 40%. In full operation, the new cogeneration system returns roughly 20% of the capital cost--$4 million—annually in net operating cost savings, while holding net greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels.
In preparation for this project, we provided the initial feasibility study, business case analysis, detailed design for all design disciplines, assisted with regulatory approvals and public hearings, and served as the independent commissioning agent.
With our assistance, the University acted as Construction Manager on this unique project, allowing us to expedite implementation processes. Three early tender packages provided a new fire protection system, upgraded site utilities, and a building addition to house the cogeneration system. In addition, all major equipment was directly purchased by the University and installed under a separate Balance of Plant construction contract. The approach resulted in saving sufficient to include an office addition and new exterior to the 1960s vintage Central Heating and Cooling Plant within the original project budget.
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