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Higher Education

ENGIE @ The Ohio State University

  • Asset renewal
  • Reduced water use
  • Improved operations & management
  • Energy cost savings
  • Improved resiliency

Reimaging the campus energy ecosystem for deep cost savings

One of the largest public universities in the United States, the Ohio State University (OSU) enrolls 60,000 students and employs 40,000 staff. Its sprawling 25M ft2 campus in Columbus, Ohio, encompasses 485 buildings, including three hospitals, museums, libraries, classroom buildings, laboratories, residences, and a 120,000-seat stadium.

OSU sought both to expand its utility systems and make a major shift toward sustainable development. It wanted a partner to take over campus energy management and to improve energy costs and use — the campus was spending $115M annually on energy, including 110 MW of peak demand and 2.9 million MMBtu of steam. Ecosystem was selected as a key member of the partner team led by Ohio State Energy Partners (formed by ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure). In a first-of-its-kind project in North America, the partner team will operate and maintain the heating, cooling and electricity infrastructures on campus and sell the energy back to OSU for 50 years.

Over seven to ten years, Ecosystem will help reimagine the buildings’ energy ecosystem to meet OSU’s goal of cutting energy use at the building level by 25% at an estimated cost savings of $250M.

Customized Performance Measures

Heat recovery systems

Interior and exterior lighting upgrades

Steam to hot water conversion

Centralized controls modernization

Heating and cooling systems deep retrofit and optimization

Ventilation deep retrofit and optimization

Renewable and distributed energy resources

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Energy Use Reduction
Energy Bill Reduction
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A Partner for Your Decarbonization and Energy Initiatives Higher education is challenging the status quo with ambitious goals around asset renewal, GHG reduction, resiliency, and OPEX savings. To achieve these goals,  forward-looking campuses are taking action to advance the energy transition, demonstrating a resolute commitment to carbon neutrality and the…
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