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UNH in Durham ups its eco game thanks to net-metering

By District Energy posted 12-05-2023 15:42


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There are all sorts of green-energy reasons to admire what the UNH Durham campus is doing with electricity and heat but if that doesn't move you, consider the green-eyeshade reasons.

"It gives us budget certainty," said Bill Janelle, associate vice president of facilities and operations at Durham, making a statement to gladden the heart of accountants everywhere even those who don't wear the stereotypical emerald-tinted eyeshades.

The campus now takes the processed landfill gas and not only uses it to heat many campus buildings enough to offset about 5 million gallons of heating oil annually, they say but also to run a pair of steam turbines. One is hooked directly to the campus for heat heat and cooling, as well as providing around 75% of all electricity for the campus, while the other is connected to the grid and can sell power back in the rare occasions when the campus doesn't need all of it.

"We use almost everything in Durham 99% and anything we don't we send to Keene (State University)," he said. Note that the actual electrons aren't shipped to Cheshire County but that Durham is the host and Keene is what is known as the off-taker, meaning they get financial credit for excess power.

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