ENERGY SERVICES

Overseeing all university building control systems, heating and air conditioning, energy related strategic planning and cost management, FMS Energy Services is a major player in university operations and sustainability initiatives.

They are ultimately responsible for managing the energy control center for the university, ensuring that heating and cooling systems are operational when needed, and establishing critical alarm protocol.

By partnering with researchers, engineers, and Capital Construction Development, FMS Energy Services is able to stretch across multiple aspects of university life and engage in developing and implementing energy conservation protocols, programs, and projects. Among them, and probably the most commonly known is the Thermal Energy Storage System, which has saved the university about $500,000 per year in energy costs.

Energy Services also takes care of energy retrofits, assists in utility infrastructure projects, and lighting upgrades. Proactive and innovative in their sustainability efforts, they led a major lighting retrofit at the University Parking Center in 2012, in which they replaced high pressure sodium lighting with fluorescent lighting coupled with daylight and occupancy sensors.

The new lighting system is responsive to space function, which has led to a major reduction in energy use as well as the setting of a university lighting standard. When unoccupied, lights dim down to fifteen percent, turning on completely when they sense an occupant.  As that occupant moves through the parking structure, more lights turn on. If there is enough daylight to complement indoor lighting, those indoor lights adjust by diming to fifty percent. In total, the energy use by the lighting system has been reduced by seventy-five percent.

A sustainability tour by Craig Drown, Associate Director of Energy Services

A three million gallon thermal energy storage tank stores and cools water at night, when electricity is cheapest, and then uses that chilled water to cool buildings during peak energy hours.