Iowa State University eyes $14 million to replace coal boilers with natural gas

By District Energy posted 06-05-2020 11:39


The Gazette


Iowa State University wants to spend $12 million to $14 million to replace its two remaining coal-fired boilers with natural gas-fired boilers — effectively ending the campus’ use of coal.

Although Iowa State plans to pay for the project — scheduled for Board of Regents consideration Thursday — using utility funds, administrators expect to make that money back in fewer than four years “through annual utility savings of $3.7 million derived from this project.”

“In addition to the $3.7 million annual utility savings, the use of natural gas instead of coal would reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent and significantly reduce other air emissions, greatly increasing ISU’s overall sustainability for generations to come,” according to the ISU request to proceed in planning its “coal boiler’s natural gas conversion project.”

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