The T.B. Simon Power Plant, in conjunction with Michigan State University, is constantly looking to the future and setting goals that coincide with the University's mission to Be Spartan Green. Below are some goals and solutions that the power plant is working toward achieving and implementing.
Currently, MSU is taking several steps to reduce the impact that the University has on the environment. Several reduction efforts are featured in the following areas:
Michigan State University has developed energy conservation and optimization measures to minimize energy use and maximize cost savings. For a complete list of all the measures, click here.
As part of the Boldness by Design environmental stewardship initiative, a recommendation was made to review next-generation energy technologies and begin to consider what the power plant of the future would look like.
As a result, an Energy Advisory Committee, consisting of faculty, staff, and students, worked with consultant Black and Veatch to compile an analysis (PDF) of next-generation energy technologies for MSU’s main campus. The study included investigating new “best-of-breed” technologies including renewable energy, carbon sequestration, distributed generation, and a reliability and life-cycle cost analysis to determine optimal power configuration and technology for each scenario.
The committee believed that the University should:
The committee created a set of planning assumptions, and potential goals and strategies that will serve as the blueprint for a larger University planning process. For more information about Michigan State University's Energy Transition Plan, click here.
In 2011, MSU formed an Energy Transition Steering Committee composed of a diverse group of people from the campus community to help determine the future of MSU's fuel. The commitee developed an Energy Transition Plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees in April 2012.