We are SMART energy users. (System, Meter, Action, Retrofit, Technology)
The University of Illinois at Chicago has a complex energy SYSTEM that is powered by outside sources as well as internally by power plants, and on some buildings, powered by the sun and geothermal energy!
UIC has the Smart Grid and uses METERS that report energy use back to the the main computer system every 15 minutes that provide real-time information and track energy consumption and assess energy savings.
You can also take ACTION by doing things like using revolving doors and stairs, turning off lights where people are not present, or turning off office equipment and plugging into surge protectors to help UIC get a little bit closer to carbon neutrality. If you do research at UIC, be sure to look at specific tips for becoming energy efficient in the labs.
Anytime UIC works on construction projects that touch energy systems, we RETROFIT them with more energy efficient equipment such as LED lights, effient air handlers, etc. We also reduce energy consumption and cost by eliminating waste and increasing energy efficiency for buildings, electrical equipment, campus transportation vehicles, water use, and promoting the construction of green buildings. See the energy efficiency incentives for UIC projects.
From smart meters to computer-based controls energy systems are becoming modernized and more efficient through TECHNOLOGY. UIC utilizes building automation systems to monitor and control building systems such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting. The shades in Lincoln Hall can be automatically raised and lowered, depending on the sunlight entering the system.
UIC Carbon Crunch
UIC energy managers and building occupants in the Science and Engineering Offices (SEO) can work together to reduce carbon emissions from electricity supplied through the grid!
The Smart Grid, Metering, and the Dashboard
We use electronic meters that report energy use back to the the main computer system every 15 minutes. UIC is measuring energy consumption at the building level to identify improvements. The electronic metering systems provide real-time information and reduce human error. These energy metering devices in campus buildings can track energy consumption and assess energy savings.
The real time information is available on our Energy Dashboard.
(Note: only accessible from campus internet. See the UIC Academic Computing and Communications Center for information on UIC WiFi.)
UIC's Energy Sources
The University of Illinois at Chicago is powered by outside sources as well as internally by power plants. We have two power plants that are designed to deliver up to 34 megawatts of electricity while co-generating heat to multiple campus buildings. Each building is a unique system that is managed by our building engineers. The plants also provide chilled water for cooling. Photovoltaic (PV) solar panel grids installed on the roofs of two classroom buildings generate electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current (DC) electricity and a geothermal system with sensors, heat pumps and air exchangers take advantage of the relatively constant earth temperatures to cut heating cost by 50% in three classroom buildings
More about Energy @ UIC
What is the Smart Grid?
Learn how the Smart Grid can save you money and energy at home in this fun, 2 minute video. (Directed by UIC undergraduate students/ Smart Grid Interns)