PSU converting to natural gas, expects to save $500k per year

PLYMOUTH — Xpress Natural Gas (XNG) of Boston and Plymouth State University on Wednesday announced they are under agreement to convert the university from oil to natural gas service starting this fall. XNG will use its compressed natural gas technology to provide trucked natural gas service to the university heating plant.
By converting to natural gas, Plymouth State estimates it will save the university approximately $500,000 annually. The project has an estimated payback of just one year.
By working with XNG and converting to a compressed natural gas (CNG) system, Plymouth State expects to lower its carbon emissions relating to heating fuel by 32 percent, or a projected 2,800 tons of carbon per year. The impact will be felt across the entire campus as it reduces the total carbon footprint and overall carbon emissions by nearly 13 percent. The PSU central heating plant provides heat and hot water to 42 separate educational buildings representing more than 1.2 million square feet of classroom, residential and office space.
"We were motivated by the substantial environmental benefits and cost savings/avoidance this change will have for the university" said Stephen Taksar, vice president for Finance and Administration. "A cross-functional team made up of PSU faculty, staff and engineering resources did an extensive review and analysis of alternatives, and we are pleased to select XNG as our partner. We want to lead by example, and this project is consistent with the direction we want to go as a university. This is another major step in our effort to be carbon neutral."
About the partnership, president of XNG, John Nahill said: "We're thrilled to work with Plymouth State as they take a significant step forward using a cleaner, lower cost fuel that is better for the environment. This project is exactly the kind of collaboration we look for with our customers. We are excited to have the support of the faculty, staff and student body, and we firmly believe this is a win-win for everyone."