Missouri Western State University Launches Significant Energy Efficiency Initiative

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Plans for a smarter campus, improved learning environments, and nearly $400,000 in guaranteed energy savings annually

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, is partnering with Missouri Western State University to help the institution save nearly $400,000 in energy cost savings annually over 15 years. The university anticipates an additional $400,000 in utility incentives to offset campus-wide upgrades across its building, lighting, water and mechanical systems.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-efficient schools can lower their annual operating costs by up to 30 percent.* As increasing energy costs continue to consume annual operating budgets, cash-strapped schools have found improving the performance of their school facilities an innovative way to free up funds to help pay for building improvements and other upgrades that enhance the learning environment.

"This is a great example of how our energy efficiency programs can help schools make smart investments to reduce their consumption, save money, and use those savings to improve the environmental performance of their buildings," said John O’Herron, Regional Manager, Schneider Electric. "We encourage other schools to follow the lead of Missouri Western State University to create a more modern and sustainable campus."

"This project will help us fund and provide efficient and reliable service to our students, faculty and staff," said Dr. Cale Fessler, Vice President for Financial Planning and Administration, Missouri Western State University. "Having a sophisticated, real-time monitoring system will allow us to track consumption and performance metrics and make adjustments when necessary."

The initiative will span 27 facilities, and incorporate a variety of energy efficiency upgrades to enhance classroom and building comfort, while reducing energy consumption through:

  •     Lighting retrofits and occupancy controls
  •     Intelligent building automation system
  •     Newly installed building sub-metering
  •     Domestic water fixture retrofits and modifications
  •     Various building envelope improvements
  •     Mechanical upgrades

The project implementation plan, project details, infrastructure enhancements, and expected outcomes will be shared with the Missouri Western State University community through the Schneider Electric website – http://www.enable.schneider-electric.com. University leaders are proud to showcase this exciting initiative to students, staff, administration and the community to provide greater visibility on the improvements underway and positive environmental impact.

In the past 20 years, Schneider Electric has successfully implemented over 550 energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) across the nation and helped clients save more than $1 billion. Since 1993, Schneider Electric has been focused on the education market and has implemented turnkey energy efficiency and capital improvement projects at over 250 educational institutions. Schneider Electric uses the latest energy-saving practices and technologies to upgrade aging equipment, reduce maintenance expenses, lower utility bills and improve building performance to help maximize every dollar. Visit http://www.enable.schneider-electric.com to learn more.


About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company's 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 31 billion US dollars in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

About Missouri Western State University
Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves.

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