Ohio State University Announces $1B Energy Management Project

The 50-year contract was awarded to ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure and will include the construction of a new energy advancement and innovation center to improve the university's energy efficiency by 25 percent within ten years.
The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University

ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure were awarded a $1.16 billion comprehensive energy management contract by Ohio State University. During the 50-year concession, the two companies will work to address the university’s energy sustainability goals for its 485-building campus in Columbus, Ohio.

The comprehensive management project will provide energy conservation management services, therefore leveraging the existing system as well as developing future capital improvements to enhance its energy efficiency by 25 percent within ten years. Furthermore, the project includes the construction of a new Energy Advancement and Innovation Center for energy research. The center will be designed as a hub that will offer a living laboratory for students, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs, industry experts and ENGIE researchers to collaborate in the development of advanced technologies and services in areas such as smart energy systems, renewable energy and green mobility.

“This first-of-its-kind public private partnership is perfectly in line with ENGIE’s strategy to drive a specific customer-centric approach in territories. District energy networks are among the most efficient and cost-effective ways to reduce the carbon footprint. Within ENGIE, it is our conviction that district heating and cooling networks can be the backbone of better, more sustainable campuses and cities,” Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE CEO, said in a prepared statement.

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