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University of Texas to dim tower in solidarity with Austin community

By District Energy posted 02-17-2021 12:05




The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest self-sustaining power grids in the country. The power plant on campus supplies almost 100% of the energy and thermal requirements for over 20 million square feet, according to the University of Texas website.

Throughout the ongoing power outages in the Austin area, UT has been able to sustain power for its 3,400 students in on-campus living dormitories. 

While the power plant does not impact neighborhoods in Austin, on Tuesday night the UT tower will be dim. 

“We want to send a message to be in solidarity with the people of Austin,” J.B. Bird, the Director of Media Relations and Newsroom at the University of Texas said. “In general, the campus tries to conserve energy.”

Energy companies and officials have been asking Texans to conserve as much energy as possible to help stabilize the power grid run by ERCOT.

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