University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees met via conference call Wednesday, April 11, and approved a project to install a backup generator system on West Campus.
The system will allow the university to participate in the Xcel Energy Interruptible Service Option Program, which would provide ongoing credits to the university in exchange for the ability to interrupt electrical service when demand peaks. The diesel-powered generators, which meet EPA air quality standards, would be able to meet the electrical needs of west campus when primary service is disrupted - historically, there have been few interruptions to service for participants - and in the event of weather-related, and other unplanned, power outages.
The Xcel credits are expected to pay back the $3.2 million project within six years and then provide ongoing savings in utility expense.
There were no other items on the agenda.