Plan Approval and Report
In December 2011, Stanford’s Board of Trustees gave concept approval to the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project, which is a collection of operationally distinct initiatives designed to meet the university’s energy demand while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption. SESI represents a significant transformation of the university from 100% fossil-fuel-based cogeneration to a more efficient electric heat recovery system and will result in immense benefits for Stanford in the years to come. The SESI project has reduced campus greenhouse gas emissions by 68% from peak levels, and saved 18% of campus potable water, in its first year of operation. These savings will continue to increase as the project opens up the energy supply to future technologies and enables the campus to better manage its power portfolio by incorporating renewables.