UWI had two primary motivations to find a new way to supply energy to its bustling campus:
- Economics: UWI pulled more than 25,000 megawatt-hours each year from the Jamaican power grid, and consumed 700,000 gallons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) a year for its absorption chillers. With a single power distributor supplying the Jamaican grid, UWI had no leverage to negotiate for lower electricity rates.
- Environment: As a thought leader, UWI sought to spearhead the transition to a lower-carbon, cleaner energy source to create a “green, progressive campus.”
As a university serving thousands of students and staff, UWI also needed to ensure a timely and seamless transition, minimal impact and no safety issues during both initial construction and ongoing supply activities, reliability of the new supply, and a reduced environmental footprint.
UWI decided to move to using onsite power generation. After considering oil-based fuels such as LPG, which it was already using, and heavy fuel oil (HFO), the university decided the carbon footprint of those options was still too big. NFE engaged with members of UWI’s senior staff to create a solution using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to reduce costs and decrease carbon emissions significantly more than alternatives, while creating a cleaner, healthier campus environment. Through this full-service solution, NFE managed every step of the process, easing any concerns about switching to a new fuel.