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UAF in 2013 and beyond. UAF research leads to inventions. Invention Disclosures by Year. UAF construction capital status. Margaret Murie Building – Life Sciences Engineering Wood Center Deferred Maintenance Combined Heat and Power. Research & teaching e xcellence.

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UAF in 2013

and beyond


UAF research leads to inventions

Invention Disclosures by Year


UAF construction capital status

  • Margaret Murie Building – Life Sciences

  • Engineering

  • Wood Center

  • Deferred Maintenance

  • Combined Heat and Power


Research & teaching excellence

  • Margaret Murie Building (Life Sciences)

    • Ribbon Cutting next Thursday - August 22, 2:00 pm


Breaking ground 2013

  • Wood Center P-3

    • 34,000 square-foot expansion project

    • Fall 2014

  • College of Engineering & Mines

    • 120,000 square-foot modern classroom & lab space for engineering & research programs


Wood Center – current status


Engineering


Engineering – current status


Deferred maintenance and R&R completion status

FY09-FY13: 84% of projects complete to date


FY15 Capital Budget request

  • Deferred Maintenance / R&R: $23M

    • Cogen Heating Plant upgrades

    • Critical electrical distribution

    • Fairbanks campus main waste lines, roof replacement

    • West Ridge facilities

    • ADA code compliance; elevators & alarms

    • Lower campus backfill

    • Patty Center revitalization

    • Campus infrastructure

    • Tilly Commons demolition

    • Wood Center student services renewal

    • Kuskokwim Campus voc-tech renewal


FY15 Capital Budget request

  • Engineering building completion

    • $33 million general fund

    • $10 million UAF bonds (paid by research indirect)

  • Combined heat and power plant

    • $200 million general fund

    • $ 45 million UAF bonds (paid by fuel savings)


Energy is the foundation

  • 3.1 million square feet of academic, research, office and housing space

  • Average age of building: 34 years

  • More than 170,000 square feet coming online by 2015

  • All these things need heat and power


Atkinson plant

  • Two coal boilers (1964)

  • One oil boiler (1970)

  • One oil & gas boiler (1987)

Creates

  • Steam:to heat campus

Runs turbines

to create

  • Electricity

  • We also have:

    • 10 megawatt diesel generator

    • Electrical distribution system


UAF energy sources

  • $9.8 million annual fuel cost

    • 71,000 tons of coal

    • 678,000 gallons of oil

    • 51 million cubic feet of natural gas


Current fuel costs per million BTU

  • Biomass and pipedgas are unknown


What if the main boilers fail?

  • Enormous jumpin fuel costs thatcould harm:

  • The programs we provide

  • The research we do

  • The students we serve


Key considerations

  • Risk of catastrophic failure (current plant’s 50-year lifespan is almost over)

  • Environmental responsibility

  • Regulatory climate

  • Political reality in Alaska and the nation

  • The state’s uncertain energy future

  • The economics for UAF and our programs and students

  • Responsible stewardship of state funds


We studied the options

  • Solar and wind

    • Can augment, but not replace, a heat and power plant

  • Hydro

    • Must be 4 cents a kilowatt-hour to be feasible.

    • Current estimates are significantly higher

    • Not currently available nor imminent

  • Nuclear

    • New technology still waiting for federal approval

  • Gasifiers

    • Untested technology


A diversified energy portfolio

  • Anchored by a new 17 megawatt circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler

    • Flexible solid fuel

    • Coal with up to 15 percent biomass

  • Replace oil boilers with gas or propane

  • Purchase renewable energy, when available

  • Energy conservation on campus

  • Small renewable projects on campus

    • Flexible, sustainable, fiscally responsible

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    Combined heat and power

    The best choicefor efficiency

    More than 500 schools and universities have their own heat and power plants


    Why not buy power from GVEA?

    • We need electricity and heat.

    • The current electrical grid cannot supply both our power & heat needs at a reasonable price.

    • GVEA can provide us electricity for lights & equipment, but that does not heat the campus.

    • Closing our plant is not a viable option.


    What about gas?

    Fuel cost

    Capital cost

    $120

    Million


    Conservation measures

    • Retrofits

      • Lighting and mechanical system upgrades to save $500,000 per year (12-year payback)

      • Converting street lights to LED

      • Transition from electric to steam chilling on West Ridge

      • Hess Village hot water conversion

    • New construction

      • UAF design standards that exceed industry standards

      • Murie Building: 14 percent less energy than ASHRAE standards

      • High-efficiency lighting, motors and variable frequency drives

      • Innovative ideas: Sustainable Village

      • Using waste heat

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    Replacement now is fiscally responsible

    • Aging plant and a growing campus

    • More than $35 million in maintenance needed in the coming years

    • That doesn’t guarantee continued reliable operation

    • About half of those projects are bandages not needed in a new plant

    • We need energy solutions for our future,not temporary patches.


    Replacement now isenvironmentally responsible

    • Current plant: Coal and oil

    • UAF’s new energy portfolio: Coal, biomass, gas or propane, other solid fuels

      • Augmented with solar, wind and other renewable options that become available.

      • Continued conservation measures

      • Significant reduction in regulated emissions


    A new plant will reduce emissions


    Timeline

    • Current: $3 million for preliminary design and permitting

    • FY15: Requesting $245 million for full design and construction

      • $200 M from the General Fund

      • $45 M in UAF Bonding Authority

    • Target completion and opening: Winter 2019


    Priority

    • Biggest capital project in UAF history

    • Essential to future of Fairbanks campus

    • We need community support


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