Energy Alert – Take Action to Conserve Energy
February 16, 2021 2:47 PM

Dear Colleagues,

Due to an extended stretch of severe winter weather and extremely high electric demand across the Midwest, Facilities & Services (F&S) is designating today through Monday, February 22, as an Energy Alert period for the Urbana campus. F&S requests that everyone conserve energy on campus to the greatest extent possible. If practical, shut off, shut down, sleep mode, or unplug the following:

  • Lights
  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Chargers
  • Appliances
  • Other nonessential equipment

Close the following items to protect facility equipment and systems:    

  • Outside windows and doors in conditioned areas
  • Fume hood sashes when not in use

Continuous freezing temperatures throughout the week will substantially increase demand on the regional electric grid and require significant energy load optimization strategies from F&S’ Utilities & Energy Services division. Abbott Power Plant will continue to provide uninterrupted energy services to campus that are essential for research and teaching activities.

Why is energy conservation important to the university?

Conserving energy is everyone’s responsibility and supports the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) sustainability goals for energy efficiency. The combined efforts of individuals, departments, colleges, institutes, and schools are needed to increase energy awareness and further promote Operational Excellence in the university's Strategic Plan "The Next 150."

How does reducing energy use help steward resources?

Reducing the university’s energy consumption, especially during this time of peak demand, is critical to effectively managing resources. Abbott generates approximately half of the campus’ electricity through an efficient cogeneration process, simultaneously producing steam for heating and electricity. The remainder of the power is purchased from the regional grid. 

Thanks for your commitment to conserving energy across the Urbana campus. For temperature-related issues regarding specific rooms and building spaces, immediately contact the F&S Energy Management Control Center at, 217-244-3783.


Dr. Mohamed Attalla, MBA, P.Eng.
Executive Director, Facilities & Services

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