Planned Electrical Outages

Beginning Friday 04/16/2021 through Sunday 04/18/2021, Central Utilities will be implementing planned electrical outages on River Campus and the Medical Center in support of a major electrical infrastructure project that will provide additional capacity and reliability. Details on dates and times are provided in the links below.

Each affected building and related equipment will be without electrical power during the planned outages except where that equipment is served by an emergency generator. Protect research equipment and all electrically powered assets by securing them prior to the scheduled shutdown.

About

Bruce Bashwiner

Mike Whitmore
Director, Utilities & Energy Management
E: mwhitmo3@facilities.Rochester.edu
P: (585)273-4704

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.

System Snapshot

Steam & Medium Temperature Hot Water Cogeneration System Chilled-Water System
Startup year
  • 1924 – Original Central Utility Plant constructed. Coal fired boilers producing steam.
  • 1967 to 1970 – Central Utilities Plant expansion adds boilers 5, 6 & 7.
  • 1999-Covert from coal to gas/oil.
  • 2005 – Cogeneration system/hot water distribution installed, added boiler 9 and HP and LP turbines.
  • 2015-Boiler 3 removed.
  • 1967 – 1972 Chiller plant added at Central Utilities Plant and river pump house.
  • Chillers 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • 1999-Added chiller 5 and cooling tower 1.
  • 2008 – Middle Campus Chiller Plant becomes operational, added 4,000 tons with chillers 6 & 7.
  • 2014-Expanded Middle Campus Plant, added 8,000 tons with chillers 8, 9 & 10. Chiller 1 retired.
Number of buildings served 71 46
Total gross square footage served 8,507,861 sq ft 7,209,000 sq ft
Plant capacity
  • 498,000 lb/hr steam
  • 394 MMBTU hot water
  • 25 MW cogenerated electricity
  • Central Utilities Plant: 20,800 tons
  • Middle Campus Chiller Plant: 12,000 tons
Number of boilers/chillers 4 steam boilers 9 chillers: 4 steam driven, 5 electric driven
Fuel types Natural gas, fuel oil Steam, electric
Distribution piping type Steel in Walkable Tunnel System & pre-insulated bonded direct buried steel Ductile iron, coated direct-buried steel, PVC
Piping diameter range Up to 14" NPS Up to 36" NPS
Distribution pumps Hot Water- 3 pumps w/VSD
  • Central Plant-4 w/VSD
  • Mid Campus Plant-4 w/VSD
System pressures
  • Cogeneration Steam: 900 PSIG
  • Campus Steam Distribution: 110 PSIG
  • Campus Hot Water Distribution: 130 PSIG
105 psig
System temperatures
  • Cogeneration Steam: 900 deg F
  • Steam Distribution: 383 deg F
  • Condensate Return: 140 deg F
  • Campus Hot Water Distribution: 225 deg F supply/ 160 deg F return
40 F supply/56 F return
System water volume Hot water system -250,000 gal 800,000 gal

Primary Contacts

Electrical
Mike Whitmore, Director of Utilities and Energy Mgmt mwhitmo3@facilities.Rochester.edu (585)273-4704
Central Utilities Plant
Richard Gardner, Operations Manager, Central Utilities Plant rgardner@facilities.rochester.edu (585)275-6333
Jill Chudyk, Administrative Assistant jchudyk@facilities.rochester.edu (585)275-3672
Finance and Billing
Paul Wollke, Finance Manager pwollke@facilities.rochester.edu (585)275-4147
Michelle Mazor, Financial Analyst mmazor@facilities.rochester.edu (585)276-4890
Teresa OMay, Financial Analyst tomay@facilities.rochester.edu (585)275-0077
Energy Management
Richard Stein,
Assistant Director Building Controls and Energy Management
rstein8@facilities.rochester.edu (585)275-2432
Eric Bullock, Supervisor - Networking, Metering and Plant Controls ebullock@facilities.rochester.edu (585)275-5695
Tim Vann, Energy Engineer tvann@facilities.rochester.edu (585)275-9344