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Utilities Master Plan for Energy Production and Distribution (Completed)

Recent Project Updates

  • 11/1/2021

    The Energy iCAP team met on Friday, October 29th to discuss the proposed plan to construct a micro-modular nuclear reacter on campus. Several guests were invited to speak about the pros and cons of the issue.

  • 4/26/2016

    The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), completed in 2010, identifies several goals related to energy production and distribution on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus.

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The Utilities Production and Distribution Master Plan addresses Illinois’ energy future. The plan, approved by the Chancellor’s Capital Review Committee in September 2015, is a recognized report associated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign master planning process.

To fulfill the strategic goals of the university and ensure excellence, it is imperative that utilities infrastructure be maintained and developed to meet future demands.



The Utilities Production and Distribution Master Plan focused on three main tasks:

  1. Evaluating existing production and distribution services
  2. Analyzing potential load options
  3. Providing universal recommendations

The plan assessed infrastructure requirements to meet future energy needs. The projections were based on campus input regarding space utilization and growth scenarios, as well as further investments in energy conservation. The plan assisted with evaluating how the university can best achieve Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) targets for low-carbon energy sources.

Model scenarios were developed for estimated growth and associated impacts related to forecasts for steam, electricity, and chilled water. The plan also examined production and distribution systems to establish an updated baseline and provide costs to repair, replace, operate, and maintain existing systems. As part of this process, university stakeholders generated more than 200 concepts for review.

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Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Jim Sims

    Project Leader:

    Kent Reifsteck


  • Proposed May 15, 2010
    Proposed by 2010 iCAP
    Approved September 13, 2011
    Approved by Pradeep Khanna
    Started February 3, 2012
    Started by Jack Dempsey
    Completed September 1, 2015
    Completed by Kent Reifsteck


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