Scott Clark of Carter & Burgess Inc., the
conference featured a display of tabletop
exhibits by various industry vendors and
a special theme dinner at the new
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, sponsored by
Carter & Burgess.
At the IDEA awards luncheon, Rep.
Heather Wilson (R-NM) provided a compelling keynote address on energy policy
issues, New Mexico energy development
trends and implications for clean energy
systems around the nation. She helped
present IDEA members with honors from
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) along with Katrina Pielli, CHP program
manager for the EPA.
Photo Pat Berrett.
Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico, who serves
on the House Energy and Commerce Committee,
shared her unique insights on energy policy initiatives as keynote speaker at the awards luncheon.
The final activity was a tour of host
UNM’s facilities. Based on feedback from
attendees, it was an excellent way to end
the conference. Larry Schuster and Jeff
Zumwalt arranged an informative tour
that described the sequence of major
construction activities and plant developments involved in the university’s recent
district cooling system renovation. IDEA
is grateful to the UNM Facilities and
Utilities Department for a very successful
Campus Energy Conference!
IDEA thanks the following companies
for their sponsorship of the 19th Annual
Campus Energy Conference:
Affiliated Engineers Inc.
Carter & Burgess Inc.
York, a Johnson Controls Company
IDEA’s 2006 EPA Honorees
Each year, the EPA and the U.S.
Department of Energy recognize highly
efficient CHP projects that achieve fuel
and emissions savings over comparable
state-of-the-art separate heat and power.
Projects can receive an ENERGY STAR®
CHP Award, an EPA CHP Certificate of
Recognition, or both. EPA also offers
the CHP Partnership Program. Three
IDEA members received EPA honors at
this year’s campus conference.
The University of Texas at Austin. The
University of Texas at Austin received
an EPA 2006 ENERGY STAR® CHP Award,
which recognizes projects that reduce
emissions and use at least 5 percent
less fuel than state-of-the art compara-
ble separate heat and power genera-
tion. With an estimated operating effi-
ciency of 60 percent, the Austin system
requires approximately 24 percent less
fuel than conventional on-site thermal
generation and purchased electricity.
Based on this comparison, the system
lowers carbon dioxide emissions by an
estimated 136,000 tons annually. The
system produces up to 61 MW of elec-
tricity; 280,000 lb/hr of steam; and
150,000 lb/hr of hot water. The steam
and hot water are distributed to 160
campus buildings for space heating, air
conditioning, domestic hot water and
The University of New Mexico. UNM
was presented an EPA CHP Certificate
of Recognition for demonstrating lead-
ership in environmental performance.
The university recently renovated its
Ford Utilities Center, installing a 6 MW
CHP system that will generate approxi-
mately half the campus’s electricity
demand in winter and close to a third
during summer. Powered by a natural
gas-fired combustion turbine, the CHP
system supplies 29,000 lb/hr of steam
for campus space heating, space cool-
ing and domestic hot water production.
The New Mexico system has an estimat-
ed operating efficiency of 76 percent
and requires approximately 16 percent
less fuel than typical on-site thermal
generation and purchased electricity.
Cornell University. The EPA also pre-
sented a Certificate of Partnership to
Cornell University, recognizing the
institution’s participation in its
Combined Heat and Power Partnership
Program. The program is a voluntary
collaboration between the EPA and
energy users, policy makers and the
CHP industry. The partnership provides
information, technical assistance and
public recognition to help streamline
the project development process and
increase public awareness of CHP.
Cornell University recently expanded
the existing CHP system on its Ithaca,
N. Y., campus, adding two gas turbine
generators, totaling 30,000 k W of elec-
trical output with heat recovery steam
generators, at its central heating plant.
The project is expected to reduce annu-
al emissions of CO2 by 50,000 tons,
nitrogen oxides by 250 tons, and sulfur
dioxide by 800 tons.