(Arlette Garcia/WUFT News). The years of support from Duke Energy help make UCFs leadership-building programs possible. The Gainesville City Commission recentlyhired consultantsto help the city's utility company submit a proposal to UF to build the new plant. Duke Energy, the company that holds the contract for the current energy plant, was also among those companies that did not advance to the next round. Dallas-based Jacobs Engineering is the universitys technical consultant on the project. Chanting fossil fuels have got to go, Grace Lear led protestors during the event against UFs central energy plant.
We would love your thoughts please comment. But the natural gas-fired plant that UF has endorsed would be a step backward for green energy policy, student protesters and environmentalists have complained. We will continue to work with the university on new opportunities to help them achieve their goal of 100 percent renewable energy and a carbon-neutral campus.. Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns 10,300 megawatts of energy capacity, supplying electricity to 1.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across a 13,000-square-mile service area in Florida. Orlando, Florida, 32816 | 407.823.2000 The cost-benefit calculations for the plant are different, especially now with the federal funds that are coming through for revitalization, the infrastructure funds and the money that is coming in to support clean energy, said Parmar, director of North Central Florida Indivisible. For more than a decade, Duke Energy, its legacy companies and its foundation have invested in the University of Central Florida and itsEngineering Leadership and Innovation Institute, says Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president. A news report by the Gainesville Sun indicated that Gainesville Regional Utilities and Duke Energy did not make the shortlist of candidates to build the planned CHP & district heating power system. The donation adds to a previous $75,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science projects including the Girls Excelling in Math and Science mentorship program, Senior Design, and diversity, equity and inclusion programs. They included: a finance partner, law firm and engineering and construction contractor. Even if a little bit leaks out and we cant help if some of it leaks out, then the climate consequences are very large and significant, Hastings said. Opportunities include hands-on workshops and "Leaders Up Close" seminars, classes to earn an Engineering Leadership Minor or Certificate, the eli2 maker spaces on campus designed to enhance creativity and collaboration, Senior Design Boot Camps that help student teams with their projects; and other programs specifically focused on enhancing student creativity, innovation, collaboration and accountability. We are extremely grateful for their gift.". The University of Florida Facilities Services unit utilizes cogeneration power to supply heat and power to more than 130 campus buildings.
Mayor Lauren Poe said in a text message on Monday that city officials were disappointed to learn the news that GRU is out of the running for the contract.
UCF was named the nations No. We are extremely grateful for their gift. Michael Georgiopoulos, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The technology exists, and the price has plummeted in the last decade or so, Hastings said. Duke Energy championed students leadership development from the very beginning of eli2, says Tim Kotnor, a professor in UCFs Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems and director of UCFs Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute. The on-campus CHP plant, once operational, would deliver a 25-percent cut in annual greenhouse gas emissions (compared to the current state) and provide 50 years of energy resiliency and security for the university, according to the project web page. All rights reserved. She has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and journalism education, including earning her master's and doctorate at the University of Florida. In addition, the Duke Energy Welcome Center at UCF serves as a high-visibility information portal about the university designed to attract prospective students to UCF. At UCF, while our engineering and computer science students are learning the core technical aspects of their disciplines, they are simultaneously learning important soft skills and leadership qualities that are critically important in the workplace, says Michael Georgiopoulos, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The city had approved GRU moving forward with the initial bid in hopes that the project would generate revenue that could in turn lower electricity bills systemwide. They were retained, but there will be no work to be performed, said utility spokesperson Dave Warm in a text messageon Monday. The funds will be used towards priority areas in the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science, specifically in programs designed to build leadership skills in students, including UCFs Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli2), and UCFs Senior Design Boot Camps training workshops for teams enrolled in the Senior Design capstone course a requirement for graduating seniors. Over the years, Duke Energy and its foundation have given more than $5 million to support UCF programs that have benefitted thousands of students. I am extremely disappointed that the University has not given the utility the opportunity to continue, given our success with the South Energy Center, and the city/university partnership that is often spoken of, Bielarski wrote the commissioners. Senior Design, a capstone course in the college, begins for students with Boot Camp, an all-day interactive session provided by eli2 for newly-formed senior design teams to bolster teamwork and project ideation. The 90-minute tours occur daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 4000 Central Florida Blvd. GRUand Duke Energy, the two local electric companies, did not make the shortlist of companies that submitted proposals to build the Central Utility Plant on Gale Lemerand Drive. Opportunities include hands-on workshops and Leaders Up Close seminars, classes to earn an Engineering Leadership Minor or Certificate, the eli2 maker spaces on campus designed to enhance creativity and collaboration, Senior Design Boot Camps that help student teams with their projects; and other programs specifically focused on enhancing student creativity, innovation, collaboration and accountability. "What started out as initial support of 31 students 15 years ago has burgeoned into a college-wide culture of student leadership engagement that has impacted the education and professional development of more than 20,000 students and alumni.". If we want to stay top five, and if we actually mean top five, then we need to do so, too, Lear said. Protesters gather for final push against UFs proposed energy plant, WUFT 89.1 / 90.1 Featured Thank you Gifts. Local utility Gainesville Regional Utilities hoped to join Duke in developing a new power system for electricity and heat, but was informed by UF officials month that its submission was not a finalist. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The new on-site facility would use natural gas to power generation and excess heat for campus needs. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning), Machine Tools, Metalworking and Metallurgy, Aboriginal, First Nations & Native American, Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli. The university plans to end its long-term contact with the current steam provider. 1 workforce supplier and top preferred supplier to the aerospace and defense industries by Aviation Week Network. The current plant is slated to be decommissioned in 2027. This solar [energy] is at the same price or cheaper than fossil fuels.. The project would create a new power plant on Gale Lemerand Drive to replace the expiring Duke Energy cogeneration facility, as well as a new thermal piping distribution loop and electrical substation. ORLANDO, Fla., May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --, (The University of Central Florida's College of Engineering and Computer Science issued the following news release.). In addition, the company is investing in major electric grid enhancements and energy storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear. He said UF should have,at the very least, first evaluated proposals for renewable energy, such as solar, to provide electricity to UF.
TheDuke Energy News Centercontains news releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. The university reviewed 12 initial proposals and chose four companies to move forward with more complete project bids, according to UFs selection committee paperwork. The 2050 net-zero goals also include Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 emissions. UF informed GRU via email that it was not moving forward in the process, but UF did not explain why. It is expected to save UF $2.8 million per year in chilled water utility savings and $13.2 million in combined heat and power utility savings. Weve had significant scientific research and studies that has shown for 50 years now weve needed to get off off fossil fuels. The gift adds to the longstanding relationship between Duke Energy Florida, the Duke Energy Foundation and UCF. When visitors arrive, they pass through the atrium which displays banners bearing the UCF Creed. I came to this university because it is so wonderful, amazing, and they encourage students to better it and make it what it is, Lear said. Here we are, 50 years later, still building fossil-fuel infrastructure.. Gator Campus Energy is a Delaware limited liability company that was formed on Oct.18, 2021, records show. It will be decommissioned by the end of 2027. UF's current electric plant has been in operation for 25 years and is nearing the end of its service life. "There is an immense need for engineering and computer technology leaders across the board, and we are honored to be able to support this program and continue transforming students into the skilled professionals and leaders needed in Florida and beyond.". If GRU had made the shortlist, it would have cost the utility $600,000 to $1 million more to put together a final proposal, he said. The eli2 Boot Camp is designed to help student teams collaboratively design their projects from start to finish, including budgeting, timelines, prototyping, testing, and overcoming challenges to get their projects to the finish-line: the Senior Design showcase, where the projects are presented to a public audience and alumni judges. The University of Florida is banking on a new gas-fired central utility power plant for its Gainesville campus which would save more than $13 million a year in combined heat and power costs and reduce carbon emissions by 80,000 metric tons a year. from 8 AM - 9 PM ET. Organizers such as Jyoti Parmar challenged UFs claims of cost benefits that the central energy plant project outlines. Full accounting:Auditor General withdraws criticism of GRU's accounting but maintains concerns about debt, Price points:Surging natural gas prices will cause GRU electric bills to increase, Deerhaven plant:New natural gas pipeline planned to boost supply at GRU's Deerhaven plant. Our mission is to inform, engage, and inspire our readers to make a difference in the communities and neighborhoods we serve. "Duke Energy championed students' leadership development from the very beginning of eli2," says Tim Kotnor, a professor in UCF's Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems and director of UCF's Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute. Follow Duke Energy onTwitter,LinkedIn,InstagramandFacebook.
Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2022 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' "America's Best Employers" list. Unfortunately, I have received notification that GRU was not shortlisted by UF and will not proceed to the proposal phase of the Central Energy Project, GRU General Manager Ed Bielarski informed commissioners. Gainesville Regional Utilities will not get a contract it was seeking to build a plant to supply most of the Universityof Florida with power. Protesters speak against proposed gas plant, UF student approaches major milestone at the start of a decade-long running journey, Feline Health Symposium is for Anyone Who Loves Cats, An appeals court will take up the case of UF charging fees during the coronavirus campus shutdown. What started out as initial support of 31 students 15 years ago has burgeoned into a college-wide culture of student leadership engagement that has impacted the education and professional development of more than 20,000 students and alumni.. Arlette is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing email@example.com. There were 11 companies that responded to UFs invitation to negotiate, with four chosen as finalists. The college is strengthened by innovative industry partnerships and diverse faculty, students and staff who together create a welcoming, entrepreneurial hub of learning and discovery. Makenzie Griffin, director of Sunshine Movements Dont Pass Gas taskforce, said she hopes UF can focus on accountability if the energy plant begins construction. The campus currently receives steam from Duke Energy's cogeneration plant, which is responsible for the distribution network that connects a majority of the buildings on campus for steam use. Well, theyre not doing that theyre, quite frankly, doing the opposite because we have to be able say what we want the school to be., According to a report from UFs Office of Sustainability, the central energy plant would reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by increasing the steam supplys efficiency. With financial support from Duke Energy (then Progress Energy), the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli2) at UCF was born in 2010, a program that has provided leadership skills-building opportunities for thousands of engineering and computer science students. For Waawam Qicxnewet, protesting is tradition. UCF is one of the nations largest producers of engineers and computer scientists, and is the nations top workforce supplier to numerous key industries, including aerospace, energy, utilities, financial technology (fintech), healthcare, and defense industries. Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America's largest energy holding companies. Its $50-million annual research enterprise addresses society's greatest challenges and aspirations in aerospace, computing, energy, the environment, healthcare, transportation, and more. Over the years, Duke Energy and its foundation have given more than $5 million to support UCF programs that have benefitted thousands of students. We hope they can revisit this over the years and maybe even hire someone to keep an eye on it and track the sustainability of it, Griffin said.
They were one of roughly 40 protestors who gathered in front of the University of Floridas Emerson Alumni Hall on Monday afternoon to protest the universitys Central Energy Power Plant Project. All rights reserved. Nathan Skop, a local attorney and frequent commission critic who was a state Public Service Commissioner from 2007 until 2011, said Monday that even though GRU had a "fiduciary duty" to submit a proposal to build, operate and finance this plant, the incremental revenue stream generated from it probably wouldnt make a noticeable difference in lowering GRU electric rates and may have resulted in GRU issuing additional debt.. A $75,000 donation to UCF from Duke Energy Florida will provide critical resources to support the transformation of engineering and computer science students into professionals and future leaders in their fields. "When I know more, I will communicate it with you all," Bielarski said. Grace Lear, a spokesperson for the Sunrise Movement, said UF is suppressing community members voices at the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting by not allowing public comments on the topic. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. The center welcomes 30,000 guests from all over the world each year. Board Documents and Meetings|UCF Foundation Policies The college's six academic departments offer 40+ bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, tracks and certificates. The University of Central Florida's College of Engineering and Computer Science in Orlando is among the nation's largest producers of engineering and technology workforce talent. GRU was hoping the revenue from the project could help stabilize customers bills in the coming years. But the campus utility leaderships real heavy lift may be its own student body and other environmental advocates protesting the project. Ohio State University, ENGIE collaborating on $48M Energy Research center, Wartsila Supplying Battery Storage system for university in Netherlands. According to the UF project website, the project is considered the best solution after considering factors such as cost, environmental impact and campus energy requirements. UCF was named the nation's No. The Senior Design showcase, where the projects are presented to a public audience and alumni judges. It also mentions that if the plant follows through with solely natural gas it would be the largest single contributor to UFs greenhouse gas footprint.
The university expects to save more than $16 million a year in energy costs from the new plant, it said in a recent statement. Parmar encourages the university to listen to community members, such as the 35,000 people who have signed their petition in support of a renewable alternative to the central energy plant. City Commissioner David Arreola said Monday that he was not displeased that GRU did not get the contract. GRU misses finalist list for UF power plant, GET THE LATEST LOCAL NEWS DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX, Ed Department: Title IX to add gender identity, UF Health selects chief diversity officer, Camille Broadway | Mainstreet Daily News correspondent, Lake City shooting suspect dies in ATV accident, Gunfire puts 26 holes in occupied Lake City home. Update or Upgrade Your Sustaining Gift Today! In June, the UF Board of Trustees approved of the Central Energy Plant Project to the dismay of some green-energy advocates who want the university to consider renewable energy instead, particularly solar. The company employs 28,000 people. Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) didnt make the shortlist to build a new power plant for UF. A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear arguments July 20 after an Alachua County circuit judge last year refused to dismiss the potential class-action lawsuit.
GRU built and currently operates UFs South Energy Center, a similar system that provides electricity, chilled water and steam to the UF Health hospitals on the South Campus. However, the response submitted by your group was not selected to move forward in the process, she said. "At UCF, while our engineering and computer science students are learning the core technical aspects of their disciplines, they are simultaneously learning important 'soft skills' and leadership qualities that are critically important in the workplace," says Michael Georgiopoulos, dean, UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. "The years of support from Duke Energy help make UCF's leadership-building programs possible. The years of support from Duke Energy help make UCFs leadership-building programs possible.
He can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org). In an email dated Dec. 16, city commissioners were informed that GRU is not a finalist for the project. She said UF should follow the lead of other public institutions of higher education, such as the University of California, which divested from fossil fuels in 2020. The eli2 Boot Camp is designed to help student teams collaboratively design their projects from start to finish, including budgeting, timelines, prototyping, testing and overcoming challenges to get their projects to the finish-line. The finalists are: Gator Campus Energy, Gator Campus Utility Partners, Gator Energy Services and Swamp Power Partners. With financial support from Duke Energy (then Progress Energy), the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute (eli2) at UCF was born in 2010, a program that has provided leadership skills-building opportunities for thousands of engineering and computer science students. None of the finalists are registered with the states Division of Corporations and it is unclear whether they have ties to other electric companies. The report considers the central energy plant project as the largest single-step reduction in UFs carbon footprint.. Bielarski, who could not be reached for comment lastweek, included an attached emailfrom a UF official explaining that GRU did not make the shortlist, but the university official does not divulgedetails explaining why. The gift adds to the longstanding relationship between Duke Energy Florida, the Duke Energy Foundation and the University of Central Florida. Duke Energy Florida Audrey StaskoCell: 315.877.3031Media line: 800.559.3853Email:[emailprotected], University of Central Florida Kimberly LewisCell: 703.864.5984Email: [emailprotected], Cision Distribution 888-776-0942