October 27, 2012
Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative recognized the combined heat and power system at the University of Oklahoma as an exemplary example for how to design and implement combined heat and power. Jacobs Engineering Group is recognized for their full–service architecture, engineering and administration of this CHP project selected by industry leaders as the CHP Project of the Year, 2012.
Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative (TXCHPI), an association of business interests that supports CHP technology applications in industrial, commercial and institutional settings recently hosted CHP2012 in Houston. The conference and trade show event was attended by industry professionals from across the nation and has become one of the nation’s largest CHP industry events. Awards were presented at the event to recognize exemplary projects and industry professionals.
For CHP Project of the Year, the industry recognized the combined heat and power (CHP) system at the University of Oklahoma. The award recognizes projects implemented in the United States that can serve as an exemplary example for how to design and implement combined heat and power.
The University of Oklahoma’s CHP plant represents a major investment that will provide exceptional operational, financial and environmental benefits. OU President David L. Boren signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The university’s new utility plant is designed to efficiently meet long-term energy and power needs, while reducing energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions.
The OU facility was constructed in the heart of the OU campus featuring 15 MW of generation with heat recovery boilers. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) provided full-service architecture and engineering on the project including construction administration. The project is projected to offer more than $7 million in annual electricity savings and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 25,000 metric tons per year. Jacobs Group Vice President Tom McDuffie stated, “We are greatly honored to receive this award and are pleased that the design and implementation of the University’s utility plant was recognized by TXCHPI. Our team is committed to supporting the University’s efforts to reach their sustainability goals, today and in the future.”
TXCHPI Chairman, Managing Director, Integral Power, Ray Deyoe said, “Combined heat and power systems provide energy reliability while improving air quality and dramatically reducing water used for power production. This project clearly demonstrates the University of Oklahoma’s commitment to be sound stewards of the environment, and is a model for others to follow.”
CHP2012 featured seminars and presentations on CHP uses and technologies. CHP2012 proceedings are posted at www.districtenergy.org
About the TXCHPI
The Texas Combined Heat & Power Initiative (TXCHPI) is a non-profit association of business interests that supports clean, energy-efficient, CHP technology applications in industrial, commercial and institutional settings. TXCHPI champions CHP as the most effective, economical and environmentally sensible energy option for Texas.
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