Ohio State seeks approval for heat and power plant

By District Energy posted 07-23-2020 14:10

  

The Columbus Dispatch

Summary

The plant would fulfill several needs for campus power supply and would reduce the university’s carbon footprint, but the Sierra Club and others have questioned the facility and pushed for cleaner energy alternatives.

Ohio State University is seeking approval for a combined heat and power plant that it calls the “cornerstone” of its energy plan and private energy partnership.

The proposed facility would be the primary source of electricity and heating for Ohio State’s Columbus campus, according to the university’s application to the Ohio Power Siting Board. The plant is part of a $278 million project that would also include district heating and cooling loop infrastructure and a new pedestrian bridge across the Olentangy River, according to Ohio State.

The plant would fulfill several needs for campus power supply, Ohio State has said, including increasing energy resiliency, increasing energy reliability, establishing the university’s microgrid, reducing Ohio State’s carbon dioxide footprint, and reducing its energy costs.

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