Central Energy Facility

REXBURG, Idaho ­­­- Construction of Brigham Young University-Idaho's Central Energy Facility is nearly complete. The new facility has helped the university to cut back its carbon footprint by replacing the old coal-fired plant with new, more eco-friendly, natural gas equipment.
 
"Ten years ago the university was using an average of 50,000 pounds of steam to heat campus on the coldest nights," said University Operations Managing Director Wayne Clark. "Today, with more than 1 million square feet added to campus, the university is using an average of 60,000 pounds."
 
In addition to energy production, the facility is reducing its own utility costs. From the heat recovery system, to the highly efficient LED lights, to the condensation recovery tanks, there is very limited waste.
 
Construction began in December 2013, to meet new EPA air quality standards and provide a more efficient way for the university to deliver energy to campus. The facility has been producing steam to heat campus since November 2014 and has been producing electricity since mid-August 2015.
 
The Central Energy Facility is just one way BYU-Idaho is increasing energy efficiency across campus. Energy rebate programs, inspection agencies, and updating water facilities are some ways the university is conserving energy. BYU-Idaho is putting 100 percent of its rebate money back into energy conservation on campus.
 
That money has funded multiple energy savings programs including: roofing materials to help reflect the sunlight, energy efficient light bulbs, and automatic light sensors in classrooms and offices.
   
BYU-Idaho has also been able to conserve energy by updating water usage systems across campus. Low flush, water efficient toilets have been installed in restrooms around campus, reducing water usage from 3.5 gallons to one-eighth of a gallon per flush. The university has also replaced more efficient sprinkler heads in campus gardens and green spaces.
 
Dual drinking fountain/water bottle fill stations have also been installed around campus to monitor water conservation. Water fountain metering indicates the university has helped eliminate waste from more than 3.3 million disposable plastic bottles. In the past five years, BYU-Idaho has decreased water usage by 1.6 million gallons per year.