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Eighty percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from combusting fossil fuels to generate energy, including electricity. We need to do our part toward reducing energy consumption. Achieving this goal will require accelerating the implementation of energy conservation projects, targeting older and less efficient buildings for deep retrofits, and ensuring all new buildings meet the UW Green Building Standard to minimize water and energy consumption. The expanded use of utility metering and monitoring based commissioning will keep buildings operating optimally.

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FY 2022 progress

Target actions for 2022

  • Implement cost effective conservation investments
  • Expand campus Meter Monitor O&M program
  • Develop a Demand Side Management (DSM) approach

Implement cost effective conservation investments

In 2015, comprehensive energy engineering audits of 112 campus buildings identified energy conservation opportunities requiring $25 million of capital investment that would  avoid $5 million in energy waste annually. 
The UW Energy Resource Conservation program has worked to address the opportunities that have a large return on investment. In FY22, the program undertook nine conservation projects. The estimated total capital cost for these projects is $1.93M, and half of those are complete. We have captured rebates of $530,000 and about $300,000 in captured utility costs over the past year. When the projects are fully completed, they will capture $425,000 in avoided utility costs annually.

In order to scale-up and accelerate  future energy conservation efforts, a new Green Revolving Fund (GRF) was officially proposed and approved in the summer of 2022. The GRF will use realized utility savings to finance future energy conservation projects and accelerate their implementation. 

Expand campus Meter Monitor O&M program

In FY22, work continued to install and monitor utility meters and to use the data from those meters and from automated building management systems to detect problems and identify opportunities for reducing waste. The Executive Director for Energy and Utilities has created a plan and proposed budget to accelerate and fully staff this work.

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