Comprehensive Energy Master Plan

Purdue University

Purdue will use $33.1 million to move away from coal-powered energy and toward natural gas.

The money comes from what was supposed to be used to build a clean-coal boiler, but that project was canceled last year. A state committee approved the financing deal Wednesday.

Administrators say Purdue is now focusing on natural gas projects, which are more viable for the future.

Purdue eyes new natural gas projects

May 8, 2012

Purdue is taking money once set aside for one project and using it for others.

The university is planning to use more than $33-million to move away from coal powered energy and toward natural gas.

The money comes from what was supposed to be used to build a clean-coal boiler, but that project was canceled last year.

Vice President of Physical Facilities Bob McMains says Purdue will now focus on natural gas projects, which are more viable for the future.

Public comments on Purdue’s Comprehensive Energy Master Plan are being reviewed by university administrators.

The proposal aims to improve energy efficiency while still meeting heating and cooling needs on campus.

A hearing was held last night in Stewart Center, allowing the community members to give feedback in person.

In addition, the university has been fielding written comments on the plan since it was made available to the public January 10th.

A new Comprehensive Energy Master Plan for Purdue is being finalized. It makes recommendations for cutting use and increasing production and distribution to meet the demands of the West Lafayette campus.

Total funding to do all projects suggested is nearly $105 million over the next decade. But Vice President for Physical Facilities Bob McMains says there are a few priority items that should be done.

He says that includes a combined heat and power (CHP) unit to replace a coal-fired boiler.