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Energy Complex


Year 2013 Production Capacities

  • Peak Chill Water Output: 12,000 Tons
  • Steam Output Capacity: 90,000 pph

The Baylor Energy Complex Team
  • BEC Operations Staff: 12
  • Plus many equipment and maintenance subcontractors

Baylor University purchases all of its electricity from Gexa NextEra as a part of a ten-year purchase contract started in June 2008. The natural gas is contracted through Luminant Energy for production of low pressure steam distributed to each building's heat and domestic hot water needs. The BEC serves the majority of the campus buildings through tunnels and direct bury utility lines. Baylor will purchase 250 million cubic feet of natural gas for heating and hot water and anticipates using 116,830,000 kilowatt hours of electricity for the fiscal year 2013-2014.

The Baylor Energy Complex operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide more than 50 buildings the steam and chilled water to air-condition 6+ million square feet. The steam is produce at 120 psi and reduced to 40 psi at the campus reducing station and sent to campus buildings to be used for space heating and domestic hot water needs. Chilled water is produced at 44° based on campus demand and weather conditions to provide all of the cooling and de-humidification needs for the buildings on the chilled water loop. The BEC staff dispatches the after-hours emergency response for all of campus.

Recently Completed Energy Infrastructure Improvements
  • Improved efficiency of chilled water systems operation and distribution
  • Instituted regular energy meetings, as well as holiday curtailment programs
  • Reviewed and implemented electric de-regulation contract opportunities
  • Implemented a collapsible log system for plant engineers to use to identify best practices to operation cooling system
  • Reduce steam pressures where necessary to reduce unnecessary steam waste
  • Trained operating staff on efficient operating plan
  • Upgraded ceramic cooling tower fans to support increased capacity from 2,300 to 3,000 gpm per cell to support new chillers and equipment