Portland State Upgrades Energy System

June 30, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

With the help of a $1.5 million grant from the US Economic Development Administration (EDA), Portland State University (PSU) will conduct a district-wide energy efficiency upgrade in the SoMa neighborhood at the south end of downtown Portland. The three-phase project includes the upgrade of PSU’s West Heating Plant, which replaces an old boiler with an efficient upgrade.

Later this year, experts will install next-generation energy metering software and corresponding meters for 18 Portland State buildings and three private buildings in the SoMa district that surrounds the campus. Finally, a visualization theater – seven 90-inch monitors paired with a high-powered computer – will be installed at Portland State, allowing students, staff and energy officials the ability to model energy use scenarios for individual buildings and the district as a whole.

Portland State has allocated $2.1 million for the project as part of the matching funds required by the EDA.

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