Utilities and Energy Management


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As energy stewards for the University of Kentucky, our mission is to provide safe, reliable, and resilient utility and energy services to our campus community, with a commitment to sustainability and customer service.

We take pride in fostering an agile team culture where effective, efficient, and innovative solutions are valued.

With an ethical, fiscally responsible, and professional approach to our work and dedication to continuous improvement of ourselves, we are what’s Wildly Possible!


What We Do

UEM has 116 employees in six campus locations. The locations are the Central Heating Plant, Cooling Plant #1, Cooling Plant #2, Campus Utilities Plant, Medical Center Plant, and the Peterson Building. The utility plants can produce 51,000 tons of cooling and 1,010,000 lbs per hour of heating steam. UEM manages three high voltage substations with a total electric capacity of 155 Megawatts. Utilities and Energy Management is also responsible for natural gas, domestic water, renewable energy and sanitary and storm sewers. Finally, UEM’s Energy Management team provides controls engineering services for the campus, as well as the Delta Center which provides 24/7/365 support to the campus mission.

The cost to provide utilities to the campus is substantial. The annual UEM budget is about $60 million. Thus, UEM has an active and innovative team of energy conservation professionals searching for ways to reduce energy usage and costs throughout the campus.

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