The University uses over 40.5 million therms of natural gas per year in our laboratories, as an energy source to heat our buildings and to generate electricity at our two co-generation plants. We monitor natural gas usage throughout the campuses and outlying buildings across the state. We dispatch our co-generation plants, which enables the university to secure the best market price for both electric and natural gas commodities.
We continue to look for ways to reduce the amount of natural gas consumed by ensuring that our heating equipment is maintained and run efficiently. As part of our continuing effort to reduce energy usage and costs, we incorporate new technologies wherever applicable. For example, we installed a geothermal system using the earth’s core temperature to offset the energy costs required to heat and cool the new Business School located on the Livingston Campus.