Towson U. awards Trigen contract to study energy use

Utility says it can trim 15 percent from costs

Utilities

February 15, 2000|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

Towson University said yesterday that it awarded a contract to Trigen Energy Baltimore to study the campus' energy usage and to identify savings.

Trigen executives said it can save the university at least 15 percent of its $4 million annual energy costs.

"After carefully examining our needs and requirements, our selection of Trigen is based on their leadership in applying innovative and cost-saving energy solutions," Hoke L. Smith, Towson's president, said.

The university consists of 41 buildings on a 328-acre campus.

The study is expected to take about three months and will include an analysis of energy consumption and distribution, said James J. Abromitis, president of Trigen Energy Baltimore.

Trigen Energy Baltimore is a subsidiary of White Plains, N.Y.-based Trigen Energy Corp., an independent power producer.

"If everything goes according to the plan, we should be able to implement savings within eight to 12 months," Abromitis said.

Towson's "infrastructure is old and the campus is growing," he said. "It's a good time for us to go in and improve their energy costs."

Trigen will most likely recommend that the campus construct a combined heat and power plant on campus, Abromitis said.

The technology reduces the amount of fossil fuel used and lessens the pollution emitted, compared to burning coal, oil and natural gas in conventional generation.

The company specializes in constructing on-site power plants for large commercial and industrial customers, including hospitals and universities.

Towson is the second Maryland college or university to contract with Trigen. In April, the University of Maryland, College Park awarded a $469 million contract to a team led by the Baltimore energy company to supply the campus with electricity, heat and air conditioning.

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