UMN Energy Plant Wins Sustainable Minnesota Construction Association Award

By District Energy posted 02-21-2018 10:49


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The new Main Energy Plant at UMN is 83 percent energy efficient — more than double the efficiency of a coal-fired power plant. Photo Credit (all): University of Minnesota


The University of Minnesota (UMN) in Minneapolis just completed a project so green that it won construction firm Adolfson & Peterson’s (AP) one of many awards at the Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) 23rd Annual Awards of Excellence Gala on Jan. 31.

The project included the renovation of the 104-year-old Main Energy Plant to add cutting-edge “co-generation” combined heat and power generation (CHPP) equipment to create a multi-functional building. The facility is 83 percent energy efficient (more than double the efficiency of a coal-fired power plant). The features of the power plant project are so unique and impressive, they won Adolfson & Peterson the MCA Award for Excellence for Green/Sustainable Project.

The new Main Energy Plant connects to the existing Gopher substation and the university’s utility system, generating electric power and steam for the Minneapolis campus. Fueled by natural gas, the Main Energy Plant will save the university an estimated net $2 million annually in utility operating costs and is a key investment in the university’s climate action plan to reduce campus emissions in half by the year 2020.

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