Rutgers Saves $1M in 2 Years with Energy Monitoring

October 23, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Utilivisor Energy ManageA program of continuous energy oversight for the chiller plant, boiler and cogeneration plant at the Newark Campus of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) has resulted in $1,155,000 in savings in its first two years of operation.

The RBHS facility is a district energy plant that provides utilities to Rutgers RBHS and University Hospital of Newark. The central plant monitoring system at the facility was designed and implemented by utiliVisor. Under its contract, utiliVisor implemented a program of continuous energy oversight for a 20,700 ton chilled water plant, 291,000 lbs. per hour boiler plant, and 10.5 MW cogeneration system, along with all ancillary equipment. The plant recently had been retrofitted with new energy efficient equipment to provide utility service for the next 20 years of operation.

The utiliVisor program involved continuously commissioning the plant operations to maximize the payback of the retrofit to the university. The monitoring effort took a holistic view of energy performance, analyzing the operation of each piece of equipment required to generate and distribute chilled water, high temperature hot water, and electric power to the campus.

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