While the university has pursued aggressive demand-side energy management for years, continued campus expansion calls for even greater attention to reducing demand and increasing energy efficiency. Reducing energy use is a formidable task given the growing energy needs of research universities. Stanford has a strong foundation for success based on a decades-long commitment to energy conservation and efficiency, as well as the advantages of a temperate climate and strong state energy codes.
Current energy-saving strategies will decrease consumption in existing buildings but campus growth is likely to outpace those savings. For example, total energy use increased 13 percent from 2000 to 2007, due to new construction, energy-intensive research, and more people and electrical equipment. Energy intensity (energy use per square foot) increased as well. Building on Stanford’s substantial successes and culture of innovation and leadership, demand-side energy management will continue to be a critical driver in reducing campus emissions.
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