COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M University has been presented the top award bestowed by the International District Energy Association in recognition of its achievements in energy efficiency, resource optimization and environmental sustainability.
The Award of Excellence was presented to Jim Riley, Texas A&M’s executive director of Utilities & Energy Services at the 3rd Global District Energy Climate Awards and Summit in New York City.
Texas A&M University Utilities & Energy Services Department has added 50 megawatts of cogeneration to provide highly reliable and efficient cooling, heating and power for over 60,000 occupants in 19 million square feet of space on the university campus, while cutting energy use by 45% per square foot and saving over $162 million since 2002.
“Utilities & Energy Services has provided the leadership and expertise to achieve these excellent results, but the full support of university management and the campus community has been essential for success,” Riley said.
Selected by an international panel of experts, nine international entities received Awards of Excellence and two receive Special Awards for Innovation and Integration of Renewable Energy, as part of Climate Week NYC. The Summit gathered industry leaders from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to discuss new innovations in district energy infrastructure.
Utilities & Energy Services is part of the Division of Administration and is responsible for utility production and generation, energy procurement, utility distribution and delivery, energy services and demand-side management, and solid waste and recycling services.
In addition to Texas A&M, the following entities received Awards of Excellence: Aberdeen Heat & Power in Aberdeen, Scotland; Qatar Cool in Doha, Qatar; Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; Helsingin Energia in Helsinki, Finland; Falu Energi & Vatten in Falun, Sweden; Twence in Hengelo, The Netherlands; and District Energy St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Special Recognition Awards for Innovation and for Integration of Renewable Energy were presented to: Fortum in Joensuu, Finland and Princess Nora University for Women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
For additional details, photographs and case study information, please visit http://www.districtenergy.org