This summer, is scheduled to undertake a major project to convert its power plant from number 6 fuel oil to natural gas – a move that’s expected to reduce the University’s carbon footprint by 30 percent.
The project is expected to get underway following graduation and be completed in the fall. It is part of a larger Energy Performance Contract includes various energy conservation measures ranging from light, motors and drives replacements. The total cost of the contract is $6.3 million.
The State Department of Capital Asset Management has agreed to provide $2.7 million. Another $250,000 is being paid for through N-Star rebates. The University will bond the remaining $3.35 million. The annual savings from the ECM measures, however, is expected to be $657,000, which will more than offset the annual debt service of $337,000 to pay for the project.
The plant conversion project represents the University’s biggest step in its recent efforts to Go Green.
“This is our number 1 action point in our Climate Action Plan,” said Environmental Science Professor Carl Hakansson, who helped author the plan. “The 30 percent reduction in our carbon footprint is huge.”
University students, faculty and staff will celebrate the power plant project during the annual Green Festival on Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m.
Framingham State University has been recognized as a Green College by the Princeton Review for the past two years.
“There are still a lot of things we need to do, but to accomplish what we have in a relatively short window is encouraging,” Hakansson said.