Ohio State is committed to sustainability and recently released a plan to reduce its carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. To advance these efforts, the university sought and recently obtained approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board to build a Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) that will provide a new source of heat and electricity to campus via a District Heating and Cooling Loop (DHC).
The CHP is expected to cut carbon emissions by more than 30% in its first full year of operation and is the university’s largest singular action to achieve emissions reductions.
As reported by Columbus Underground , the Ohio Power Siting Board has approved a proposal from The Ohio State University to build a combined heat and power plant on its main campus.
The project will be located on at the northeast corner of Tharp Street and Herrick Drive. "We are pleased with the Ohio Power Siting Board’s decision," university spokesperson Dan Hedman told the outlet. "This is positive news as the Combined Heat and Power Plant will support the campus core and is expected to cut carbon emissions by more than 30% in its first full year of operations."...
As reported by The Lantern, the Ohio Power Siting Board approved the construction, operation and maintenance of a natural-gas power plant Thursday, September 17. The Combined Heat and Power Plant is a $278 million project.
University spokesperson Dan Hedman told The Lantern that the plant will cut carbon emissions by more than 30 percent in its first year of operation while providing energy-efficient electricity, heating and cooling to Ohio State’s campus.
According to The Columbus Dispatch , The Ohio State University is seeking Ohio Power and Siting Board approval for a combined heat and power plant.
The outlet wrote that the combined heat and power plant is expected to reduce the university’s carbon emissions by 35% in its first full year of operations, Ohio State spokesman Dan Hedman said. The plant is also needed to support planned facilities such as a new inpatient hospital and buildings that will make up Ohio State’s West Campus Innovation District.
Columbus Business First reports that Ohio State has approved a $2.37 billion 5-year capital plan to support Framework 2.0 and the university's strategic plan. It is an historic number for Ohio State as the university delivers on major projects identified in the campus master plan.
As reported by the outlet, classroom and laboratory buildings make up 47% of the new projects, and 39% are for OSU Wexner Medical Center.
“That’s really a healthy balance,” said Jay Kasey, Ohio State's senior vice president in the Office of Administration and Planning.
Two years into a 50-year partnership, The Ohio State University continues to see improvement in its energy management and sustainability through tangible initiatives such as smart metering and lighting upgrades. Future improvements, including a Combined Heat and Power plant, promise to make an even bigger impact.
On July 6, 2017, Ohio State transferred operation of utility systems that deliver heating, cooling and electricity at the Columbus campus to ENGIE Buckeye Operations on behalf of Ohio State Energy Partners.
The partnership included a $1.015 billion upfront payment to the university and a $150 million commitment to support academic priorities....