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University to Save $119,000 Annually in Heating Costs

Projects to be implemented at end of current semester.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-20-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Facilities Management Department is participating in a State of Minnesota energy-saving program that will be implemented by the end of the current semester and save the university approximately $119,000 a year in reduced costs for heating and electricity.

The energy program is the Public Building Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program (PBEEEP) and is administered by the State of Minnesota. The program enables public institutions to apply to have their buildings evaluated for possible energy savings.

Implementing the program at Minnesota State Mankato involves a series of 27 individual projects that have already been funded. The University’s cost for implementing the program will be $13,000 after federal stimulus funds and utility rebates.

Once implemented at the end of this semester, the energy-saving initiatives will allow the university to more effectively manage temperature control in its campus buildings, reduce heat loss and save the university money in utilities while supporting the environment.

All of the projects will pay for themselves and result in net energy savings within three years or less, said Ron Fields, assistant vice president for Facilities Management at Minnesota State Mankato.

Fields said that Facilities Management and the university’s Environmental Committee have played key roles in the project.

Paul Corcoran, director of planning and construction at Minnesota State Mankato, submitted a successful application for the Minnesota State Mankato campus. In the first step of the process, a team of consultants examined the baseline energy use of all the buildings on campus. The consultants then identified 18 buildings, including all those in the core campus area, along with Wiecking Center and the Performing Arts Center, as good candidates for potential energy savings.

Then a second team of consultants walked through the 18 buildings and identified energy-saving changes that could be made in the operation of the buildings’ heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. These changes included adjusting equipment schedules to match occupancy, adjusting set points and temperature resets, and other changes related to maintenance issues.

For more information, contact Ron Fields, assistant vice president for Facilities Management, by phone at 507-389-2267 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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