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New utility billing and energy analysis software coming soon to Utilities and Energy Management Department

Utility Customers,

Starting this November, Utilities and Energy Management will be transitioning to a new software program for utility billing and energy analysis called Energy CAP Enterprise.

Our department has been working diligently since May on this project to replace the old FMS system for utility billing. The Energy Management Program has used the Energy CAP Professional product to track energy performance and savings since the start of the Program. The upgrade to Enterprise shifts our accounting functions and improves our energy analysis.

What does this upgrade mean? Energy CAP Enterprise will allow for better visibility for you the customer on your building’s performance and history. Enterprise will allow for Deans, Directors, Department Heads, Facilities personnel, and students to view energy consumption via reports and web access. Enterprise also improves the accuracy of utility billing through its audit and report functions.

What do we ask? As with any new roll-out there might be some hiccups to work through. We ask for your patience during the transition period. You might see impacts to your billed utilities. This transition process identified errors in accounts and meters that were corrected, affecting some areas on campus. We will work with each customer to identify what has been corrected or to correct issues from the conversion.

Whom do we contact? Our energy managers stand ready to answer any questions during this period; please submit comment and questions regarding this to: energy@okstate.edu

Regards,

James W. Rosner, P.E.

Director, Utilities and Energy Management

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK 74074

405.744.7131

405.744.5159 (FAX)

www.okstate.edu/utilities

PSO presents $260,000 incentive check to OSU-Tulsa for energy conservation efforts

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Governor Fallin, Oklahoma State, OG&E celebrate Cowboy Wind Farm,wind energy for Stillwater campus

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin along with Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and OGE Energy Corp. Chairman, CEO and President Pete Delaney “flipped the switch” today to celebrate the use of wind energy as the main source of electricity for the OSU-Stillwater campus.
Cowboy Wind Farm, near Blackwell, Okla., generates the wind energy.  The 26-turbine wind farm was completed in December of 2012 and began generating electricity for the campus on Jan. 1. 
“Oklahoma’s wind resources are among the best in the world,” said Governor Fallin. “I’m proud that Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma Gas & Electric, one of the state’s oldest energy companies, are working to harness the potential of more homegrown wind energy.  Investments in Oklahoma resources, such as wind and natural gas, help grow our state’s economy by keeping Oklahoma dollars in state while delivering the same value to consumers.”
The wind farm is the result of a 20-year agreement between OSU and OG&E signed in December 2011.  OG&E contracted with NextEra Energy to build a 60-megawatt wind farm near Blackwell to support the OSU project.
“OG&E commends Oklahoma State University’s commitment to sustainability, and we are pleased to partner with the University to provide clean, renewable energy to the Stillwater campus,” said Delaney. 
OG&E has total wind capacity totaling 840 megawatts, which is approximately 12 percent of the company’s total electric generation.  In addition to its partnership with OSU in the Cowboy Wind Farm, OG&E also supports the university by offering scholarships to students who are pursuing renewable energy related degrees. 
With the start-up of the Cowboy Wind Farm, the OSU-Stillwater campus now receives 67 percent of its electricity from wind generation.  Natural gas helps supply the remaining power.
“The Cowboy Wind Farm is just another way OSU is showing its commitment to use our natural resources wisely and efficiently,” said OSU’s Hargis.  “As a land-grant university, we have an historic responsibility to lead the way in the areas of sustainability. Natural gas and wind are two abundant natural resources in Oklahoma, and using them together to generate power for our Stillwater campus enables us to achieve a higher level of environmental stewardship while also supporting Oklahoma’s all-important energy driven economy.”
The university has converted all its transit/community buses to compressed natural gas (CNG) and added 90 CNG vehicles to its fleet. 
OSU has paved the way for sustainability and conservation efforts across the state. Since July of 2007, OSU has saved more than $22 million system wide through energy conservation efforts.  In fact, this energy conservation program has served as a model for the efforts that have been initiated by Governor Fallin across state government. 
OG&E is a subsidiary of Oklahoma-based OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) service more than 789,000 electric customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.

OSU Recognizes Facilities with $1 million in Energy Savings

Three facilities on the Stillwater campus of Oklahoma State University have reached the $1 million mark in energy savings. The buildings are the Advanced Technology Research Center, Boone Pickens Stadium and the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development. 

This milestone is part of a system-wide savings of more than $22 million since OSU’s Energy Conservation Program began in July 2007. 

The majority of the savings in energy costs is due to the modification of heating and air conditioning systems to run on an “as needed” basis and changing the behaviors of employees and students.  

“It is because our faculty, staff and students have embraced our energy conservation program that the university has been able to see such a huge savings in energy costs,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. 

Working with the OSU Energy Conservation Program, faculty, staff and students have made concentrated efforts to reduce energy usage in their offices, labs, workspaces and living areas. By embracing the university’s energy conservation guidelines each person on campus has contributed to the reduction of energy usage as a conscientious energy consumer and conserver. 

The facilities are receiving plaques to recognize the $1 million in energy savings. 

More information on the OSU energy conservation program can be found at www.okstate.edu/energy.