ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at
Arlington has saved nearly $3 million in energy and maintenance costs through a
recently completed program aimed at upgrading equipment to make the campus more
Other changes on the way are
expected to result in energy cost savings of another million dollars a year when completed next year.
UT System officials recently
announced that the 15-institution system has cut energy use by 16 percent since
2001, resulting in savings of $196 million and surpassing a goal to reduce
energy consumption by 15 percent by fiscal year 2011. UT Arlington has played a
significant role in those efforts as it works to increase green building
practices and promote sustainability-related academic programs.
“The University of Texas at Arlington takes seriously its commitment to
reducing energy use on campus,” said John Hall, UT Arlington vice president for
administration and campus operations. “Most recently, energy performance
contracts with Siemens Building Technologies and TDIndustries, will allow the University
to further enhance operational efficiencies, and create a better living,
working and sustainable environment for students, faculty and staff.”
Savings over the past
year-and-a-half come primarily from improvements made as part of an energy
conservation project UT Arlington initiated with Siemens Industry Inc. The
project was funded through an $18 million loan from the UT System.
Between 2006 and 2009, Siemens
evaluated the campus for energy saving opportunities and then implemented the
improvements. Some of those included retrofitting inefficient lighting systems
in several campus buildings; transformer upgrades; steam trap replacements; and
a recommissioning of the campus’s energy management system.
UT Arlington realized a savings
of $2,754,103 million in energy and maintenance costs from May 2009 through
April 2010 – the first year that the changes were fully in place. The savings
represent a reduction of more than 19 million kilowatt hours and are expected
to continue at a similar or greater rate.
"UT Arlington has proven to have
the foresight into energy reduction measures to ensure true energy cost savings
are realized,” said Kelly Baxley, the UT Arlington account manager for
Siemens. “Their commitment to providing energy efficient facilities that
do not sacrifice comfort can only enhance the educational experience of
students that come from all around the world to study at UTA."
The University also recently
embarked on a similar energy conservation project with TDIndustries Inc. The $9.9
million project is being funded through a low-interest loan provided by the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The changes planned as part of
that project – including replacing two thermal plant chillers as well as
upgrades to heating and air conditioning and other systems – are expected to
save the university $1,133,488 annually and decrease energy usage by 9,831,232
kilowatt hours annually. That project is scheduled for completion in December
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