Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Electric Power Production and Distribution at Princeton University

Edward T. Borer, Jr., Princeton University Energy Plant Manager and James D. Kane, Princeton University Manager of Electrical Engineering, Engineering and Construction
Friend Center, 109
Monday, February 17, 2014 - 7:30pm

Princeton University has its own electric power plant, and purchases additional power from the local electric utility, Public Service Electric & Gas. Princeton’s cogeneration power plant is integrated with steam generators for campus heating, and steam from the power plant drives water chillers for air conditioning. The lecture will begin with a description of the campus energy demands, the energy plant equipment, its combined heat and power production, and the infrastructure for distributing power to the campus. A power dispatch system minimizes the energy cost for the power plant. The University has a comprehensive program for reducing CO2 emission. While this program is implemented chiefly by raising energy efficiency, a large solar photovoltaic power plant is an important component. The lecture will cover basic aspects of the University’s water consumption, which in part is coupled with electric power generation. The lecture will illustrate the most important features of the University’s electric power operation, and will conclude with a survey of opportunities for further increases in efficiency and for going ever more green.