Mike Whitmore

—Mike Whitmore
Director, Utilities & Energy Management

Mission Statement: Providing reliable and cost efficient energy and building environments to our customers every day.

The Central Utilities group is responsible for the production, distribution and efficient use of the campus’ energy needs. We generate chilled water, heating hot water, steam and electric power for distribution to both the River Campus and Medical Center. We also maintain the University domestic water, fire water and natural gas distribution systems and the storm water and sanitary sewer collection mains that connect to the City and County systems. Central Utilities has 60 staff that work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in providing reliable utilities. We operate and maintain multiple energy control systems to provide a safe and comfortable environments within the campus and Medical Center buildings. We also monitor and process all energy and water bills for all University properties.

Our central plant produces chilled water, electric power, steam and hot water on a continuous basis. It houses 5 steam boiler and 4 steam driven chillers. We have 25 megawatts of cogeneration capacity using two steam turbine generators. The central plant has been in operation since the 1920’s. Our mid campus chiller plant produces chilled water with 5 electric driven chillers. It was originally constructed in 2008 and expanded in 2014. We operate and maintain two electric substations that receive power from the local utility and distribute both 11,500 volt and 4,160 volt power. Our newest electric substation on Kendrick Road was completed in 2015.