Campus Energy

Why District Energy for Campuses?

The critical energy challenges facing campuses today include coping with limited budgets, volatile fuel prices, ambitious sustainability goals, a need for reliability to protect critical research or healthcare, and keeping up with campus growth. Using district energy, CHP, and microgrid technologies, campus energy systems reduce costs through efficiency, leverage fuel flexibility, and enhance resiliency and reliability while sustaining continued campus growth.

Aligning with sustainability goals, district energy systems help campuses make cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and minimize their carbon footprint. Long taken for granted, campus energy systems are now more visible than ever as they become leaders in clean, efficient, and reliable energy for their campus and the community.

Campus Energy Conference


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CampusEnergy2019 convened in New Orleans, LA this February, where nearly 1100 attendees from 14 countries, 350 cities, and 95 universities made the trip to the Big Easy. Attendees enjoyed a top-notch technical program, visited 120 companies in a bustling exhibit hall, and most importantly engaged in conversations that will shape the future of the industry.

See What You Missed

Campus Video Contest

Each year, we receive video submissions from students showcasing their campus district energy system. Winners are announced at our annual Campus Energy Conference.

Student Video Contest

Meet an Expert

IDEA is a network of industry professionals with deep knowledge and experience. We encourage our members to connect and help solve their biggest challenges.

Juan Ontiveros

University of Texas at Austin

Greg Coffin

University of Missouri at Columbia

Tom Nyquist

Princeton University