Energy Efficiency.

UCF's sprawling campus, comprised of 8 million square feet of indoor space across 180 buildings, represents a significant amount of energy usage. Every month, an energy bills that amounts to $1 Million is paid to support our operation. In fact, next to salaries and benefits, utilities-electricity, gas, oil, and water--represent the University's largest expense. That's why we are taking steps each day to make our buildings more efficient. To learn more about our campus energy projects, visit The Department of Utilities and Energy Services website.

Energy Conservation.

Being energy conservative is not only essential to creating a more sustainable campus but it is also a practice that we all should refine for the future. Simply tailoring our routines and adopting more energy-conscious behaviors can attribute to up to 30 percent energy reduction. We recognize that our resources are finite. Therefore, we strive to educate our students, faculty and staff to be both aware and judicious in order to make significant, measurable reductions in energy usage and consumption.

Renewable & Alternative sources.

Centrally nestled in the Sunshine State, Solar is viable alternative energy source for the University and we intend to take full advantage of it. Sunshine radiates on Orlando during 66 percent of daylight hours on average year round, for a total of 2930 hours annually. With over 150 kWh of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal hot water, our renewable energy portfolio is set to increase in the next 5 years by 15 percent.

By 2020, the University will produce 15 percent of its energy needs with renewable energy.


On Acquisition and Production.

Two-thirds of the university's electricity is purchased from Duke Energy. Just over 100 miles from UCF towards the west coast sits the Crystal River Steam Plant which has four coal-fired steam units capable of producing up to 2,295 megawatts. It is claimed to be the seventh largest electric power generating site in the United States.

The other one-third of the university's electricity is produced in house by the Combined Heat and Power Plant. The first of its kind in the State of Florida university system, the 5.5MW CHP plant has a natural gas fed Mitsubishi reciprocating engine, a Thermax absorption chiller and generator that under optimal circumstances, has the capability to generate 52MM kWh per year while avoiding 9.5 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. This output is equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power 3,700 average U.S. homes for one year. Initiative that not only reduces our environmental impact but also saves millions in annual energy costs.

For information, please visit www.energy.ucf.edu