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E-M:/ MSU going for 17% reduction in Electric Use as Coal Price rises 22%

Michigan State University is aiming to reduce electric use from their own power plant by 17% in part as a way to try to reduce an 22% increase in the price of coal  (Lansing State Journal, MSU launches campaign to cut power use by up to 17%:If action not taken, costs may go up $7.8M next year, at http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080602/NEWS06/806020342 ).  What’s particularly great in this article is the efficiencies already made that no one even noticed:

“In recent months, the university experimented with turning on the heating and air-conditioning systems in a few buildings later in the day and turning them off earlier.

"We called them the 'stealth buildings,' " Lindahl said. "We cut back by 30 minutes on each end of the day and nobody ever knew."

There are plans to consolidate late afternoon and evening classes in fewer buildings, to install central control systems that can shut down computer labs remotely when they're not in use, to optimize the heating and cooling systems in more than 100 buildings where the use - and, thus, the heating and cooling requirements - may have changed over time.

But a central portion of the plan is changing behaviors, helping the university community to become mindful of the energy they may be wasting.”


With Northern Michigan University proposing to go the opposite direction by building a new coal burning heating plant, and having done very little, if anything, to increase energy efficiency, there is definitely a rivalry here that the Spartans are going to win hands down!



Anne M. Woiwode, State Director

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