Resource Efficiency Plan

I. Introduction

1. Agency, assets, location:

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

Kleberg County:

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

Nueces County:

Farmland of 160.00 acres.

Hidalgo County:

The Citrus Center is comprised of 237.89 acres. It has a single main building of 16,958 GSF and approximately 20 smaller buildings with an aggregate area of 53,556 GSF. None of these buildings are over 10,000 GSF.

Cameron County:

Orchards comprised of 8.67 acres.

2. History

Previous energy efficiency strategies, projects implemented and savings achieved:

It is well known that most institutions can benefit from increased efficiency in infrastructure, and our campus is no different. We have recognized that some of our old infrastructure was in need of replacement or retrofitting.

Utility Systems:

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

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

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

d. Pumps: Install variable frequency drives on primary pumps. 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 its building roofs so that we can reduce energy costs due to lack of insulation and roofing surfaces which have a high reflectivity.

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