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Energy technology upgrades in HBRC to save millions

(STILLWATER, OK – June 3, 2014) – The Henry Bellmon Research Center (HBRC) at Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus now features integrated air and energy management technology that is almost as intelligent as the researchers. OSU, in partnership with Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI), installed a series of air flow management systems that ventilate labs and common areas of the research facility with fresh air based on occupancy and air quality levels instead of constant air exchanges which waste energy and may be unnecessary.
These technologies are expected to save more than $5.1 million dollars over the next 20 years and reduce carbon emission levels equivalent to the impact that would be felt if: 7,492 pine trees were planted, 81,000 barrels of oil were not burned, or the energy consumption of 2,990 Oklahoma residences was eliminated.
“OSU is committed to a wise use of resources in the best interest of all its stakeholders. These HBRC technologies are part of OSU’s award-winning energy management program and support the quality of its research environment,” said Dennis Byford, OSU Energy Manager for the HBRC project.
OSU has saved more than $31 million in energy costs since being one of the first universities in the country to launch a comprehensive behavior-based energy conservation program in 2007. OSU partnered with alum Bill Spears’ energy education company, Cenergistic.
For the Henry Bellmon Research Center initiative, Johnson Controls installed the Aircuity OptiNet Facility Monitoring System (Aircuity), Zone Presence Sensors (ZPS), and a Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) System. The Aircuity system continuously samples air particles and adjusts the ventilation of fresh air to meet research industry regulations for lab air quality. When lab spaces are not being used, the system decreases the amount of air exchanges to save energy and reduce costs.
The ZPS are installed on the lab fume hoods to monitor occupancy levels, adjust exhaust levels, and trigger alarms if fume hoods are left open for too long. The DCV System detects the number of people using common areas by measuring carbon dioxide levels in the air and adjusts the HVAC systems accordingly to maintain air quality without wasting energy. A cloud-based air analysis and energy usage dashboard allows lab personnel and facility managers to monitor the areas and immediately respond to any concerns.
“This project isn’t about one new piece of equipment. These three technologies are integrated to work together around the clock to maintain HBRC’s facilities. Personnel work in a quality environment and energy savings contribute to the University’s commitment to its stakeholders,” said Josh Wilkins, JCI Higher Education Account Executive.
OSU has been partnering with JCI since 2010 on comprehensive energy efficiency programs in a series of projects on which JCI guarantees the contracted energy savings. Cost of upgrades to campus lighting systems, roofs, windows, and HVAC technologies are paid for through energy and utility savings over the term of these projects.

Oklahoma Facilities Management Program - 20% by 2020

Inspired by OSU's successful Energy Management Program, Governor Mary Fallin developed the 2011 Oklahoma First Energy Plan, and encouraged lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 1096 in 2012.  This legislation sets a goal to reduce energy consumption 20% by 2020 in State buildings, including colleges, universities, career tech centers and other state-funded facilities. 

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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

(Tuesday, 5 November 2013) Public Service Company of Oklahoma presented Oklahoma State University - Tulsa with a $260,134 incentive check for efforts to reduce energy usage on campus during a special ceremony on Tuesday at OSU-Tulsa. The rebate is the largest ever awarded through an energy efficiency program supported by PSO. Read more...

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.

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