Because energy and water account for more than $30 million in annual costs for NC State, energy management efforts are vital to minimizing costs, saving natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2011-2012, NC State achieved 9 percent reduction in utility costs over the previous year and is working toward a long-term 50 percent savings goal.
NC State’s Strategic Energy and Water Annual Report for fiscal year 2013 details the following progress:
- In the last decade, NC State’s total energy consumption per gross square foot decreased by 21 percent.
- Campus water consumption has dropped 49 percent in the last decade.
- It’s estimated that energy management efforts save NC State $10 million per year in avoided utility costs.
- The campus-wide Winter Holiday Energy Setback initiative saved more than $2.1 million in avoided energy costs.
- $1.5 million in avoided energy costs will be returned to campus for investment in additional energy saving projects.
This progress takes NC State closer to compliance with the 2007 Senate Bill 668 passed by the North Carolina legislature mandating that all state-owned buildings reduce energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2010 and by 30 percent by 2015 (relative to a 2003 baseline for energy and 2002 baseline for water).