Energy usage is the largest contributor to Penn State’s direct emissions profile. Penn State has reduced its campus greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent since 2005. This reduction in emissions has been based on a foundation of increased levels of combined heat and power (CHP), energy conservation, and targeted renewable energy purchases.
Combined Heat and Power
The University has increased its use of combined heat and power (CHP) technology. At University Park, Penn State operates the East and West Campus CHP plants, cogenerating steam and electricity, and serving more than 200 buildings on campus. Annually, Penn State’s District Energy System produces 100% of campus steam needs and about 20% of campus electrical needs. At an average efficiency of 70%, Penn State’s District Energy system is more than twice as efficient as a typical utility power station.
Penn State focuses on energy conservation and efficiency projects in building systems and utilities. Through their Energy Program, the Office of the Physical Plant administers the behind-the-scenes mechanical, technical and operational aspects of energy efficiency and conservation in buildings and utilities. The Program consists of the following energy conserving efforts and programs: