CMS Energy Awarded University Contract

March 1, 2002
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
OVERLAND PARK, KS — CMS Viron Energy Services, CMS Energy Corp.’s energy performance contracting unit, has been awarded the first energy contract from a State of Oklahoma educational institution. Under the contract, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma became the first college in the state to take advantage of energy performance contracting. Valued at $3.4 million, the contract will allow the university to save and reduce costs while upgrading the campus infrastructure by replacing old and inefficient equipment.

CMS Viron will replace the university’s chilled water plant and install a new boiler, energy-efficient lighting, a campus-wide energy management system, and water conservation retrofits. According to the company, the energy savings from the upgrades will pay for the improvements.

“This agreement with CMS Viron guarantees the university will slash its energy bills by one-third, or $298,000 per year, or CMS Viron will start paying the difference,” said John Feaver, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma president. “It’s remarkable. This agreement is unique for Oklahoma colleges and is a significant milestone for education in Oklahoma.”

The university currently spends more than $350,000 on natural gas and electricity, plus $66,000 in water and sewer services annually. According to CMS Viron, the performance contract will shave 31% off those utility costs, reducing natural gas consumption by nearly 50% to an estimated $193,000. The company also predicts that the university electric bills may be cut by 15% or $48,000 annually and water use may be cut by $5,000.

Publication date: 03/04/2002

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

Recent Articles by James Siegel

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Jeremy Begley

Jeremy Begley, home-performance specialist and Web and social media manager with National Heating and Air Conditioning Co. in Cincinnati discusses how and why you should add home-performance philosophies to your contracting repertoire. Posted on Sept. 12.

More Podcasts


NEWS 09-15-14 cover

2014 September 15

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Venting R-22

The NEWS reported that a man received prison time for venting R-22. Should EPA step up enforcement?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con