The University of Iowa

UI Utilities

A culture of collaboration and innovation

Facilities Management partners with several groups across campus and beyond to create innovative sustainable practices.

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UI Utilities Responsibilities

UI Utilities is responsible for energy sourcing and environmental compliance at the University of Iowa.

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UI Utility System

Learn more about the UI utility system, operated by energy firms ENGIE and Meridiam, that helps the University of Iowa meet its energy, steam, water, and chilled water needs.

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Environmental Compliance

 Environmental Compliance is an important part of responsible energy management. Facilities Management Environmental Services manages compliance with all local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations on UI property.

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An engaged energy and sustainability partner

Facilities Management is an important partner in the University of Iowa's sustainability goals. For more on the University of Iowa's sustainability goals, see the Office of Sustainability and the Environment's 2030 sustainability goals. Our award-winning biomass program using oat hulls, miscanthus, and energy pellets; central heating and cooling system; along with our innovative P3 partnership with ENGIE makes the UI one of the most unique campus utility programs in the country.

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Our biomass program: a commitment to renewable energy

The UI is on the Path to Zero Coal by 2025 by developing innovative biomass alternatives to coal.

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Sustainable Initiatives
FM's sustainable initiatives

Facilities Management is responsible for several initiatives that support the University of Iowa's sustainability goals as outlined by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

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The University of Iowa Energy Collaborative

 The UI Energy Collaborative, made up of representatives from ENGIE and Meridiam, manages the UI utility system. The UI Energy Collaborative provides energy resources to campus while advancing important initiatives and research. 

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A commitment to research and academics

Facilities Management is invested in the University of Iowa's dedication to be a innovative research institution. The UI utility system provides a valuable opportunity to pursue innovative research.

Using Simulated Flue Gas to Rapidly Grow Nutritious Microalgae with Enhanced Settleability

UI engineering graduate student Hannah Molitor collaborated with UI production facilities to research growing microalgae as livestock feed using boiler flue gas as a nutrient source.  Co-authored with Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Jerald L. Schnoor, her research article titled "Using Simulated Flue Gas to Rapidly Grow Nutritious Microalgae with Enhanced Settleability" was published based on her research conducted in collaboration with the main power plant.

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Utilities News

Iowa recognized by EPA as a top green power user

The University of Iowa, which recently became a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partner, is recognized on several of the EPA’s Top Green Power Partner Lists. Iowa is ranked... Read more

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UI tests biomass fuels to end campus coal use

In the attempt to transition the Oakdale Utility Power Plant off coal by 2025, the University of Iowa is looking to innovative solutions that can produce enough steam needed to heat campus... Read more

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P3 projects headed by UI professors to reach all sectors of campus life

The UI awarded more than $12 million across the seven projects. The funding will be dispersed over three years by the UI.

Seven public-private partnership projects headed by University of... Read more