Main Energy Plant

When the Main Energy Plant is fully operational, it’s expected to reduce the University’s net carbon footprint by an estimated 10 to 13 percent.

The University is reinvesting in the former “Old Main Heating Plant,” replacing old boilers with a new 22.8 megawatt combustion turbine and heat recovery system that will generate electric power and steam for the Minneapolis campus. 

This project, under regulation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, has been underway since early 2015. The plant is located on the East Bank, west of the Education Sciences Building and the Dinkytown bikeway bridge.

Fueled by natural gas, the Main Energy Plant is a key investment in the University’s climate action plan to reduce campus emissions by half by the year 2020. When the plant opens in 2017, it’s expected to reduce the University’s net carbon footprint by an estimated 10 to 13 percent and will provide the University with a more reliable source of energy, unaffected by supply disruptions.

Main Energy Plant

Videos

Turbine Transport

The major external and interior building and equipment modifications are mostly complete. The new turbine is a signature component. Watch this video, made by contractor Adolfson and Peterson, to see the turbine being transported into the building.

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How does the plant work?

Watch this video from the International District Energy Association.

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