The Central Utility Plant supplies electricity and heat to main campus buildings and residence halls.
The Central Utility Plant is staffed with one 2nd Class Chief Engineer & four Operator Engineers who are responsible for the safe generation of steam, hot water, and electricity for distribution around campus through direct buried utility infrastructure.
- The Central Power Plant generates electricity, steam, and hot water which are used around campus – approximately 75% of campus electricity comes from our Power Plant.
- Central Utility Boilers are used to supplement heating from the Power Plant, to ensure heating in buildings are maintained
The Central Utility Plant is staffed 24 hours a day during heating season – and regular day shifts during cooling season – by a licensed Plant Operator responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the plant.
Power plant description
Three high-pressure steam boilers feed steam through an underground distribution system to most of main campus for building heating and domestic hot water needs during the academic year and ‘heating season’. A 2000-kilowatt cogeneration engine supplies electricity to these same buildings year-round, and also uses the jacket water and exhaust from the cogeneration gas engine to supplement the steam and hot water systems.