PSU Energy Strategic Master Plan – More Puzzle Pieces

9.19.13 PSU Wikispaces ScreenshotDave Stone dug up Tab 4 of the 2007 draft PSU Energy Strategic Master Plan (ESMP) from a PSU “Wikispaces” site.

Dave writes:

What I think happened is that although the wikispaces.edu site is protected PSU access only, some student uploaded this stuff for a project and didn’t control access so that the Google search robot picked it up for the search results (and cache). I’ve tried getting more this way, even went to archive.org to see of parts of the Master Plan showed up there from the past etc. Not so far but will keep looking. 

The Wikispaces site was most recently updated by Ian Salada, PSU Engineering Services Manager, on January 24, 2011, two months before the March 25, 2011 meeting between DEP Air Quality staff and Penn State staff, documented in a DEP memo.

The Wikispace site also indicates that Ian Salada uploaded a complete copy of the ESMP on December 6, 2010.

Dave and I couldn’t access the December 2010 ESMP and several documents listed at the Wikispace site.

But several documents had live links: two different reports on a December 18, 2009 energy brainstorming discussion – both apparently parts of larger documents created by consultants at Wiley & Wilson and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Reducing energy demand is referenced once in each document:

From the December 2009 report:

End-Use Efficiency – Hutch Hutchinson stated that PSU might save 50% of building energy usage through end-use efficiency. Weatherization should be the first step implemented. Altering user patterns and providing feedback are also important. An energy fund could be created as a way for interested donors to support campus sustainability. Michael Kinsley mentioned that Harvard views energy efficiency as their best investment.”

From the July 2010 report:

“A number of ideas for reducing energy requirements through improvements in end-use or delivery efficiency were proposed by the group. The objectives of the meeting were directed toward energy sources, and the task of developing a comprehensive listing of energy reduction ideas was not part of the current scope for this project. We believe that there are likely opportunities for PSU to significantly reduce energy demand on campus, and that the economic and other benefits that may be gained by continued and enhanced efforts in these areas may be as compelling as projects which address energy sources. Our scope is directed toward technologies to provide energy for the campus and only ideas in these areas are discussed in the following sections. The exception to this is regeneration which could impact sources and distribution of heat to campus buildings if an evaluation indicated this to be a viable approach.”

Another interesting online find, this one discovered by Matt Dahlhausen:

It’s a tactical playbook drafted by public relations firm Solem & Associates of San Francisco to guide shareholder-owned electric utilities in their efforts to squash campaigns for publicly-controlled energy systems. Eye-opening.

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