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Energy Management

University of Central Missouri’s Energy Services Performance Contracting Project (ESCO) University of Central Missouri Project Description: In spring 2009, the University of Central Missouri embarked on a comprehensive $36.1 million energy savings contract (ESCO), impacting 26 campus buildings. UCM had a $2 million maintenance budget, inadequate to address a growing deferred maintenance backlog. Concurrently, UCM signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to move toward carbon neutrality. An energy performance contract was implemented enabling the University to mitigate $20 million in deferred maintenance, and to replace building systems with energy efficient upgrades at $16.1 million. The 15-year lease/purchase cost is covered by operational and energy savings, with no net cost to the University. UCM partnered with Trane Corporation on this energy services performance contract; however, there are many vendors that specialize in providing such services. Read more >>

Utilization of Encelium Lighting/HVAC Controls to Save Energy, Money Eastern Connecticut State University Project Description: Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) has implemented an integrated lighting control and energy management system that is designed to save money, improve lighting quality, and enhance personal lighting comfort. This lighting control and energy management system includes six strategies: smart time scheduling, daylight harvesting, task tuning, occupancy control, personal control and variable load shedding. ECSU has added to the strategies by connecting the building automation system and HVAC controls to the occupancy portion of the program. This project was implemented in our main administrative building as a pilot program. If energy savings and staff feedback are as positive as we anticipated, replication of the system in other campus buildings is anticipated. Read more >>