Since 1989, the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor has mandated increased energy efficiencies for State and non-State facilities on CSU campuses in order to reduce utility costs, nonrenewable fuel consumption, greenhouse gases emissions, and to improve air quality.
These efficiencies are measured in net reductions of British Thermal Units (BTUs) per gross square foot (GSF) of built space. From Fiscal Year (FY) 1999-2000 to FY 2009-10, the Chancellor's Office required a 30% net reduction of BTUs per gross square foot.
Through creative engineering, more efficient equipment and fixtures, smarter scheduling and space use, and constructive behavioral shifts, CSUSB successfully met and exceeded this goal, maintaining over a 33% reduction to date!
It is worthwhile to highlight the scale of this achievement given that during this same period CSUSB experienced over a 61% net growth in built space between both the San Bernardino and the Palm Desert campuses!
You may read more about these efforts and more on our Projects pages.CSUSB Energy Efficiencies to Campus Growth
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CSUSB Energy Efficiencies by Campus
|Fiscal Year||San Bernardino Campus
BTUs per Weighted Active GSF
|Palm Desert Campus
BTUs per Weighted Active GSF
CSU Executive Order 987 set the following renewable energy goals:
Each CSU campus will endeavor to meet or exceed the State of California Public Utilities Commission Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 20% renewable sources by 2010. To promote energy independence, the CSU campuses combined shall endeavor to increase their self-generated energy capacity from 26 to 50 megawatts (MW) by 2014, using available economically feasible technology (including renewable sources).
Renewable Energy Procurement Goal
The 2010 goal of a minimum 20% campus electricity usage to be provided from renewable sources was met and continues to be maintained and exceeded. Renewable electricity is provided to the CSUSB campuses from a combination of on-site generation and off-site utilities.
- Off-Site Utilities Generation
- Shell Energy North America (SENA) currently provides electricity for the main San Bernardino campus, reporting a 21% supply of renewable generation for 2010, and Southern California Edison (SCE) provides electricity for the Palm Desert campus and University Village with a reported portfolio of 18% renewable energy for 2010 supply. In 2010, SCE was unable to meet the 20% minimum due to a lack of supply on the market; supplies have since increased as new generation comes on-line.
- On-Site Generation
- In 2010, CSUSB used 779,816 kWh of electricity from renewable on-site photovoltaic arrays – 3% of the San Bernardino campus main usage. Please see the graph and table below for total on-site generation percent campus usage by fiscal year.
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Self-Generated Capacity Goal
CSU Executive Order 987 asks that combined efforts of 23 campuses install another 24 MW of self-generation. CSUSB has contributed 1.2 MW of on-site photovoltaic arrays to this goal and has installed two pilot wind turbines.