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Energy Conservation Program Utilizes Technology, Renewable Resources

December 03, 2012

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is utilizing state-of-the-art technology and renewable resources to create a high-efficiency Energy Conservation Program that will result in major savings at all three campuses.

In August, Texas A&M University-College Station’s Utilities and Energy Services conducted a review of electric, water, gas, and operational procedures at the Island University’s main campus. Based on their recommendations, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is implementing plans that will maximize conservation measures and employ alternative energy sources including wind turbines, solar panels, and potentially ocean energy.

“Because of the University’s unique environment, we are able to take advantage of various energy sources,” said Kathy Funk-Baxter, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration. “This allows us to become more efficient and keep costs low for our students.”

Currently, energy automation systems are being installed in many University buildings along with automated meter monitors that provide analysis of power usage to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs. Plans also include the addition of area occupancy sensors that will use either body heat or movement to monitor and control air conditioning and lighting in buildings, especially during non-peak hours.

The University is already enacting proactive measures for energy generation and conservation. Wind turbines have been constructed at the Flour Bluff, Momentum, and main campuses and solar panels will be placed on the Engineering Building this spring. In addition, LED lighting has been installed in some campus buildings with the goal of converting all interior campus lighting to LED over the next two to five years.

 “Over this fiscal year, we plan to make between $400,000 and $500,000 in upgrades to buildings and central plant operations,” said John Casey, Interim Director of Facilities Services. “These improvements will save the University up to $300,000 a year, which will go back into making additional energy improvements at the University.” The upgrades, he said, will come from state and local fund sources allocated for energy conservation and deferred maintenance measures.

A campus-wide education program will be put in place under the direction of an Energy Conservation Coordinator who is expected to join the University in December. The coordinator will develop procedures to manage the University’s energy systems more effectively and educate faculty and staff on best practices for the conservation of energy.

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