Energy Management at Kent State University


Kent State University’s Power Plant supplies steam, electricity, and air conditioning to the Kent campus. Two generators were installed that together produce 13 megawatts of electricity and over 60,000 pounds of steam per hour, which is distributed to the university. Kent State’s Power Plant produces about 60% of the Kent campus’ electricity as well as steam and chilled water on a campus loop. The 13 MW cogeneration plant has two gas-fired turbines, gas fired boilers, steam driven and electric chillers for district chilled water distribution, and is about twice as efficient as a standard utility power plant. Extensive use of building automation systems allows Kent State University to use less electricity, less compressed air, less water, fewer chemicals, and requires fewer work hours to accomplish energy efficiency. In partnership with Johnson Controls, Enterprise Optimization Solution (EOS) software was developed and installed. This software uses predictive modeling to dictate optimum performance of the heating and chilled water loop, coordinating boilers, chillers, pumps, cooling towers and generators to optimize costs and operations. The software also analyzed historical consumption data to develop typical profiles and then applied equipment combinations to create optimal operations. The facility currently generates electricity for $0.038/KWH. Kent State University has been a leader in energy conservation for decades, but recently reduced energy consumption by over 20%. KSU implemented a $72M energy conservation project, impacting 7.5M square feet.

Presented By

Doug Pearson
Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning and Operations
Kent State University

Doug Pearson has 31 years of experience in engineering, construction, and facilities management, working in higher education, health care, K-12, and with the federal government. Dr. Pearson has a BS in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State, a MS in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University. Dr. Pearson is a Fellow member of AEE, a CEM, a CEA, and was 2006 Energy Engineer of the Year, Region III.