TVA will conduct training for campus energy managers, recommend systems to measure energy performance of campus buildings, develop peak and minimum load management strategies and help implement best practices for communicating energy efficiency efforts.
"We look forward to working with TVA and KUB on a 10-year energy management plan to enhance our energy and cost reduction efforts and lessen the overall impact of our operations," UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said. "Our students, faculty and staff have made UT a national leader in campus sustainability and this project will enhance our efforts and serve as a model for other colleges and universities."
The project's first phase is expected to be complete by fall 2011, officials say.
UT Knoxville is one of the largest green power purchasers in the Southeast. In 2005, students approved a special fee to fund green energy purchases and other sustainable initiatives. Since 2006, the campus' Make Orange Green program -- a joint effort of several departments -- has coordinated environmental activities within all areas of campus. Campus efforts since 2008 to reduce overall energy consumption are saving more than $1 million a year on utility bills.