OSU receives rebate from OG&E


During halftime at the October 5, 2013 football game against Kansas State, Oklahoma State University was presented a rebate for the amount of $288,069.59 from Oklahoma Gas and Energy Co. Jesse Langston, vice president of OGE, presented the rebate to Rick Krysiak, James Rosner and Matt Driskel. Krysiak is the OSU Physical Plant director and the State Energy Program director, Rosner is the Utilities and Energy Management director and Driskel is the OSU Central Plant maintenance foreman. 

OSU received the rebate because the university upgraded to more energy-efficient equipment in the West Chilled Water Plant, said Ruby Ladd, the administrative assistant for Utilities and Energy Management. The upgrade reduced OSU's peak power demand from OGE — power bought for utility operations. The rebate reflects this specific reduction in demand, she said. Ladd said the upgraded equipment at the West Chilled Water Plant helped immensely. OSU succeeded in saving energy because the university buys wind-generated kilowatts from OGE, and the upgraded equipment resulted in lowering kilowatt usage, she said. 

Rosner said OGE and OSU have been partners in saving energy since 2011. They have a 20-year agreement to make OSU’s campus “green” by using wind power.

The university's current use of wind-generated power reduces OSU's annual carbon footprint by 45,108 metric tons, Ladd said. This is equivalent to these yearly greenhouse gas emissions: 9,606 passenger vehicles, 608 tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline, 37,794 acres of forest, 198 railcars’ worth of coal and 17,269 tons of waste not sent to landfills.

As a result of OSU's Positive Energy Together partnership with OGE and the university's commitment to using wind-generated power, OSU now ranks No. 6 in the Top 20 College and University EPA Green Power Partnerships Rankings and No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference Collegiate Athletic Conferences rankings.

Rosner said these rankings were because of the new equipment. Two new chillers were installed, replacing equipment from the 1970s. Every 50 minutes, the West Chilled Water Plant pumps out enough chilled water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The water is distributed across campus in huge pipes for the purpose of air conditioning.

OSU's Energy Management Program has a three-fold approach.

No. 1 is called Behavior Based Energy Management. The first step in conserving energy is turning off computers, lights and curling irons, he said. Fliers and posters have been made to raise awareness so OSU can conserve as much energy as possible. 

No. 2 is Technology Based Contracts, meaning replacing old equipment, Rosner said.

No. 3 is In-House Work, which is the Physical Plant.

Rosner said the money that came back to OSU in the rebate was saved primarily from the second approach. The university saved money by replacing old technology. The money saved will be put toward upgrading more equipment so that more money can be saved. “We ask that everyone on campus is a conserver as well as a consumer,” Rosner said.

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