Energy Services provides the utility service for the central campus, including UNC Hospitals.
Chilled Water is used to cool buildings and equipment, such as the process equipment used in Research Labs to make distilled water.
Our District Cooling System consists of five chiller plants which are interconnected by underground piping and operated as one production system.
Electric Distribution Systems receives its power from both the UNC Cogeneration Facility and Duke Energy.
This energy is delivered to the University's three substations and distributed through a complex distribution system to all buildings and roadway, parking lot and area lighting systems.
At the heart of fulfilling Energy Services' mission is the District Energy and CHP concepts with a continued commitment to the following core values:
Superior Customer Service and Teamwork
Ensure Safety in all Aspects
Reliable and Responsive
Visionary - Innovative and Adaptive Technology
Integrity in all Areas
Environmental Awareness - Sustainability
Support the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's vision of being the leading public university in America by providing safe, reliable, innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable energy and water resources to serve and meet the ever-changing needs of the administrative, teaching, and research facilities within the University and UNC Hospitals. We are "The Energy Behind UNC."
In 2004, UNC and local provider, Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), started the development of a water reclamation and reuse system to be completed in 2009.
Our Storm Water System is comprised of thousands of catch basins and inlets, miles of piping and outfalls that discharge water into nearby creeks.
The steam generated by Cogeneration Systems is used for heating buildings, humidification, making domestic hot water, distilled water processing, and sterilization.
During the cogeneration process, steam and electricity are generated simultaneously resulting in an overall thermal efficiency of twice that of plants built solely for the purpose of power generation.
To be the leader among our peers and to be recognized by North Carolina citizens and our campus community for providing innovative, cost-effective, highly reliable, and environmentally-friendly energy and water resources to the Carolina community.
When the University first opened its doors in 1795, Old East served as both dormitory and lecture hall for the 21 men enrolled.
Today, we provide electricity, heating, and cooling to our 729-acre central campus, which is comprised of over 250 buildings and enrollment of 28,000. We also provide critical utility services to UNC Hospitals.