Energy Management

Energy Conservation

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 A graph of CSUSB Energy Efficiencies to Campus Growth.  See the table below for a description of the contents.
Fiscal Year BTUs per Weighted Active GSF Weighted Active GSF
1999-2000 97,807 1,492,249
2000-2001 87,230 1,516,712
2001-2002 85,671 1,625,345
2002-2003 78,758 1,890,356
2003-2004 80,713 1,909,106
2004-2005 77,001 2,003,496
2005-2006 73,252 2,146,899
2006-2007 75,030 2,157,285
2007-2008 74,792 2,187,801
2008-2009 68,929 2,378,818
2009-2010 65,378 2,405,807
2010-2011 64,940 2,411,588
2011-2012 61,345 2,407,973
2012-2013 65,239 2,408,657

CSUSB Energy Efficiencies by Campus Values depicted in this bar graph are CSUSB Energy Efficiencies by Campus in BTUs per Weighted Active GSF.  See the table below for a description of the contents.
Fiscal Year San Bernardino Campus
BTUs per Weighted Active GSF
Palm Desert Campus
BTUs per Weighted Active GSF
1999-2000 97,871 84,559
2000-2001 87,610 43,227
2001-2002 86,647 40,840
2002-2003 78,801 77,236
2003-2004 80,592 85,004
2004-2005 76,833 82,482
2005-2006 73,328 71,097
2006-2007 74,853 80,049
2007-2008 74,488 83,556
2008-2009 68,635 75,882
2009-2010 65,162 70,299
2010-2011 64,512 74,693
2011-2012 60,794 73,896
2012-2013 64,598 79,825

 

Renewable Energy

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.
  • Year SENA SCE
    2010 21% 18%
    2011 20% 19%
    2012 20% 20%

  • 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.
CSUSB Annual Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources

CSUSB Annual Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources

Fiscal Year PV kWh Wind kWh % Total SB Campus Usage
2007-08 375,135 - 1.45%
2008-09 438,227 - 1.82%
2009-10 504,984 - 2.07%
2010-11 1,517,237 - 6.23%
2011-12 1,945,309 1,617 7.88%
2012-13 1,957,601 1,209 7.70%

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.