Comprising the sixth-largest main campus student body in the US, the University of Minnesota aims to achieve climate neutrality at its Twin Cities Campus by 2050, while continuously meeting campus energy needs. With its two steam heating facilities and the new state-of-the-art, 22 megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) plant currently under construction, the university is positioned to deliver more sustainable and cost-effective heat and electricity to its growing campus, while simultaneously reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint. Since the majority of costs associated with the CHP plant will be incurred over its lifetime through operation and maintenance (O&M), technical input from plant operators during the planning, design and construction phases of the project is imperative to achieving optimal performance, while also minimizing long-term costs. Through proactive O&M input into the design, long-term goals of economy, energy efficiency, reliability, resource conservation, and pollution prevention are better realized. This presentation will explore how to effectively integrate CHP into existing campus O&M to ensure that GHG reduction, cost and energy efficiency targets are met over the life of the asset.
Thomas McCarthy, Veolia North America
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