The Princeton campus is located about 36 miles southwest of hard-hit Staten Island. When the Public Service Electrical and Gas grid went down at about 6:00 p.m. after Sandy struck on Monday, October 29, Princeton University’s combined heat and power district energy system kicked in after a brief switchover, delivering electricity and heat throughout the campus.
Edward T. Borer Jr., Manager of the Energy Plant at Princeton University and a long-time member of IDEA, wrote us: “You guys will love the little video the student paper put together regarding how we kept the campus lit while most of the state was dark. What even fewer people considered was that there was no interruption to steam or chilled water service since all distribution is underground. Yet another reason for district energy!”
- Here is a link to that video, produced by The Daily Princetonian.
- For additional information about the Princeton cogeneration system, watch this award-winning video, also produced by Princeton students, which received the 2012 IDEA Video Contest Award.