Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Resource Efficiency Plan

I. Introduction

1. Agency, assets, location:

Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) is aninstitution of the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS). In September 1993the name was changed from TexasA&I University to Texas A&M University-Kingsville. TAMUK has propertyin several south Texas counties.The University was chartered in 1917, but not opened until 1925, and is theoldest continuously operating public institution of higher learning in South Texas.

Kleberg County:

Texas A&M University-Kingsville main campus is locatedin Kingsville Texason 257.13 acres. The University North Farm is on 545.57 acres, the South Farmis on 225.40 acres and Site 55 is on 141.5 acres. The main campus has 42buildings of over 10,000 sf, has its own water wells and distribution system.Natural gas is purchased from GLO and power is provided through aggregatingloads with other TAMUS universities.

Nueces County:

Farmland of 160.00 acres.

Hidalgo County:

Citrus Centercomprised of 237.89 acres. The Citrus center has a single main building of16,958 GSF and approximately 20 smaller building with an aggregate area of53,556 GSF. None of these buildings is over 10,000 GSF.

Cameron County:

Orchards comprised of 8.67 acres.

2. History

Previous energy efficiency strategies, projects implementedand savings achieved:

It is well known that most institutions can benefit fromincreased efficiency in infrastructure, and our campus is no different. We haverecognized that some of our old infrastructure was in need of replacement orretrofitting.

Utility Systems:

a. Electrical: In 1994 a local consulting firm (Bath &Associates) was commissioned to develop a plan for converting our existingelectrical system from 2,300 to 12,470 volts, replacement of secondarytransformers that serve buildings and for developing a long–range plan forproviding and distributing power to the main campus (HVAC Upgrades). Thisincluded installation of electrical heat. This work was completed in 1998.

b. Tempered Water: In February of 1999, three (3) newwater cooled centrifugal chillers were installed in Central Plant #2 and inJanuary of 2000 three (3) new water cooled centrifugal chillers were installedin Central Plant #1.

c. Controls: In September of 2000 Siemens completed theautomatic temperature control and/or automation systems for 32 buildings.

d. Pumps: Install variable frequency drives on primarypumps. Completed November of 2000.

e. Valves: Replaced 3 way valves. Completed May 2000.

f. Install Energy Management System: Completed in December2000.

g. Since 1998 TAMUK has been aggressively upgrading itsbuilding roofs so that we can reduce energy costs due to lack of insulation androofing surfaces which have a high reflectivity.

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