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Chillin’ like it’s 1977

In this video about UT’s power plant and chilling stations, learn how efficiency improvements keep campus fuel use about the same as in 1977.

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Thanks to energy efficiency improvements, The University of Texas at Austin’s power plant uses roughly the same amount of fuel as it did in 1977 — yet it produces about twice the power and serves almost twice the square-footage in building space.

Over $150 million in efficiency improvements were paid for by savings from reduced fuel costs. In addition to saving the university money, increased efficiency has reduced CO2 emissions from power generation by about 100,000 tons.

“The greenest energy is the energy not used,” says Juan Ontiveros, director of Utilities and Energy Management.

Go behind the scenes with Ontiveros in this video and check out the most efficient chilling station in the country, the university’s Central Chilling Station No. 6.