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TECO Turns 40

Press Release, Thermal Energy Corporation (TECO) On May 30, 1978, Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO) in Houston became the proud owner of the chilled-water and steam system serving buildings on the Texas Medical Center (TMC) campus. Now – in 2018 – TECO turns 40 , marking an important milestone in...

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UT Austin - DES Disaster Recovery Plan

Summary Texas requires higher-ed to maintain a written DRP that addresses critical infrastructure resources to minimize impact and allow institutions to quickly resume mission-critical functions. Processes and techniques used in developing the plan are described as well as risk mitigating...


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Roadmap for Cooling System Improvements

Summary Presented at IDEA's Campus Energy Conference Distribution Workshop March 5, 2018. Speakers Juan Ontiveros, UT Austin Ben Erpelding, Optimum Energy #CampusEnergyConference #ConferenceProceeding #2018 #ThermalDistribution #Workshop #DistrictCooling #UniversityofTexasAustin...


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Harvey, America's First $200 Billion Hurricane: A Discussion of Real-World Experience with Emergency Response Plans, Preparation and Execution: Lessons Learned

Summary Presented at IDEA's Campus Energy Conference Distribution Workshop March 5, 2018. Speakers Lynn Crawford, Affiliated Engineers Jenna C. Taylor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston #CampusEnergyConference #2018 #ConferenceProceeding #ThermalDistribution ...


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Implementing a Cloud-Based Utility Billing System at the University of Texas Austin

Summary How the University implemented a fully digital utility billing system that uses generated energy meter data from 160 buildings plus paper purchased utility bills the system used an AI module for external utilities vouchers entry. The monthly billing process time was reduced by one...


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Thermal Energy Storage, a Sustainable Solution for District Growth and Future Energy Needs

Summary In 2014, the Alamo Colleges District (ACD) successfully completed the installation of chilled water thermal energy storage (TES) tanks on three of its campuses. TES tanks are providing a sustainable solution to meet the cooling needs of an increasing student population and a growing...


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A Proactive Approach to Growth - Texas A&M Utility Master Planning Update

Summary With projected 75% campus square footage growth by 2037, Texas A&M University recently updated its utility and energy master plan. Efforts included thermal and electrical capacity evaluations, steam system and cooling tower condition assessments, demand-side planning, and...


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Putting Data in Context: How Cooling Coil Performance Data Can Influence Design

Summary At IDEA2017, we explored energy challenges educational campuses face: sustainability leaders want to reduce consumption; energy managers want to increase efficiency; facilities teams want to address preventative maintenance. HVAC solutions targeting all provide the greatest opportunity...


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University of Texas Austin – Supporting a Fast Track Mission-Critical Campus Healthcare Expansion

Summary The University of Texas at Austin underwent a campus expansion that included mission critical facilities at the hospital and medical campus. This presentation provides an overview of the master planning objectives, challenges, and successes. Speaker Juan Ontiveros, University of...

Ontiveros_Juan - Medical District.pdf

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Optimizing Strategies through Effective Modeling

Summary Effective modeling can help your system optimize to acheive efficiency and save on energy costs. By having a hollistic approach and utilizing different tools and strategies the University of Texas at Austin is able to achieve up to 87% efficiency and keep fuel & emissions at 1976...

Ontiveros_Juan - Modeling.pdf