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Energy Efficiency

Objective: Reduce growth adjusted energy consumption by 20 % from the 2012 base consumption level by 2019.


Collect and disseminate data and information on campus energy use to enable better assessment and increase awareness in the campus community.

  • Install Johnson Controls Inc., Panoptic utility metering and management system to collect real time data.  Sub-meter energy intensive functions within facilities as budget permits.  Provide information on real time, on-site, renewable energy generation. Correct identified deficiencies in system operations.
  • Perform advanced analysis of monthly consumption information for all utilities: electricity, water, natural gas, steam, coal, gasoline, and diesel. Organize data on consumption by areas such as academic, general and residences. Rank facilities by energy consumption per square foot.
  • Install recently completed energy dashboard in the Reeve Memorial Union.  Install electronic energy displays in additional buildings, especially residence halls.
  • Identify a benchmarking tool to compare building energy use on campus with similar buildings on other campuses (such as U.S. EPA Energy Star rating system) and establish benchmarking goals
  • Publish (in print and online) a quarterly and annual energy consumption report with comprehensive and summary data and ensure that the data are available for annual reporting requirements including for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).


Reduce energy consumption by establishing policies and educating the community about standards that encourage behavior change.

  • Update and disseminate campus-wide temperature, humidity, indoor air quality and lighting standards.
  • Create educational materials explaining policies and conservation programs specifically targeted to students, faculty and staff.
  • Develop and disseminate appropriate guidelines for the use of energy consuming office and personal equipment and appliances such as refrigerators, coffee pots and space heaters.
  • Utilize existing policy and procedure documents such as the “Guide to the General Operating Procedures” and “Green Office Certification” to help communicate with the Community.
  • Re-tool the Green Office program to optimize its effectiveness.
  • Continue to refine the Sustainability Advisors program (previously the Eco-Reps) toward behavior change for energy conservation. Produce educational information on how savings reductions not only benefit campus directly but also the degree to which energy savings, especially of electricity have a “multiplier effect” due to the huge wastes in the upstream of electricity production, which is estimated to about 69% in the U.S.


Reduce energy consumption through the performance of renovations, upgrades and retrofits to existing building inventory.

  • Perform lighting retrofits of existing buildings.  Particular attention should be focused on interior LED/fluorescent tube replacement in drop ceiling systems.  Perform retrofits when fixture costs drop making economic sense while also meeting U.W. System energy payback requirements.  Also look at de-lamping opportunities and reduce lighting levels to minimum IES standards.  Install task lighting.
  • Perform HVAC retrofits as necessary to meet basic efficiency standards.  Emphasis should be given to the installation of variable air volume systems with direct digital controls and demand control ventilation.  Replace old, inefficient pumps and motors.  Install variable frequency drives where appropriate.
  • Examine the laboratory fume hood inventory for possible energy savings.  Evaluate the need for each hood and consider the elimination of all non-essential hoods.  Evaluate the need for ducted fume hoods in teaching laboratories and consider the replacement with ductless fume hoods.  Upgrade all ducted fume hoods with the latest variable air volume technologies.
  • Examine IT mainframe computer facility for energy saving HVAC retrofit potential.  Upgrade cooling systems to meet current cooling efficiency standards.


Coordinate efforts to reduce peak electrical demand energy use.

  • Meet with representatives of the local electrical utility (WPS) to determine feasibility of initiating demand control strategies during periods of high electrical demand. Proceed with demand control strategies if feasible.
  • Explore opportunities for technological solutions such as thermal storage and on-site electrical generation with fuel cells.


Encourage energy conservation practices with incentives.

  • Establish a campus conservation award program.
  • Develop a method to assign the campus energy budget at the college, department or building level to shift a portion of the responsibility for conservation to building users.
  • Reward departments or units for conservation efforts through energy savings.


Maximize building operational energy efficiency

  • Continue to actively manage the heating/cooling schedules for campus facilities utilizing the Johnson Controls Metasys control system.
  • Continue to emphasize the scheduling of classes to the fewest buildings at any given time.  Pay particular attention to weekends and summer class scheduling.
  • Continue to utilize the Johnson Controls FPI continuous commissioning software to identify and correct deficiencies in HVAC equipment operation.
  • Consider modifying chiller/re-heat requirements in summer to reduce overall energy consumption.
by Spanbauer, Bradley R last modified Apr 17, 2014 03:07 PM

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