UI Utilities Responsibilities

UI Utilities is responsible for energy sourcing and environmental compliance at the University of Iowa.

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UI Utility System

Learn more about the UI utility system, operated by energy firms ENGIE and Meridiam, that helps the University of Iowa meet its energy, steam, water, and chilled water needs.

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Environmental Compliance

Environmental Compliance is an important part of responsible energy management. Facilities Management Environmental Services manages compliance with all local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations on UI property.

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An engaged energy and sustainability partner

Facilities Management is an important partner in the University of Iowa's sustainability goals. For more on the University of Iowa's sustainability goals, see the Office of Sustainability and the Environment's 2030 sustainability goals. Our award-winning biomass program using oat hulls, miscanthus, and energy pellets; central heating and cooling system; along with our innovative P3 partnership with ENGIE makes the UI one of the most unique campus utility programs in the country.

Our Biomass Program: A commitment to renewable energy

The UI is on the Path to Zero Coal by 2025 by developing innovative biomass alternatives to coal.

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FM's sustainable initiatives

Facilities Management is responsible for several initiatives that support the University of Iowa's sustainability goals as outlined by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

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The University of Iowa Energy Collaborative

 The UI Energy Collaborative, made up of representatives from ENGIE and Meridiam, manages the UI utility system. The UI Energy Collaborative provides energy resources to campus while advancing important initiatives and research. 

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A commitment to research and academics

Facilities Management is invested in the University of Iowa's dedication to be a innovative research institution. The UI utility system provides a valuable opportunity to pursue innovative research.

Using Simulated Flue Gas to Rapidly Grow Nutritious Microalgae with Enhanced Settleability

UI engineering graduate student Hannah Molitor collaborated with UI production facilities to research growing microalgae as livestock feed using boiler flue gas as a nutrient source.  Co-authored with Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Jerald L. Schnoor, her research article titled "Using Simulated Flue Gas to Rapidly Grow Nutritious Microalgae with Enhanced Settleability" was published based on her research conducted in collaboration with the main power plant.

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Ben Fish

Director, UI Utilities


(319) 384-0528

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An artificial depiction of the proposed renovation to Duane Banks Field, showing a standalone 2,365-square-foot clubhouse adjacent to the existing Hawkeye dugout along the first base side of the stadium. The clubhouse extends down the right field line.

Clubhouse headlines proposal to renovate Duane Banks Field

Thursday, April 18, 2024
An updated proposal to renovate the home of the University of Iowa baseball team is on the docket for consideration and final approval by the Iowa Board of Regents. The proposed renovation to Duane Banks Field includes a standalone clubhouse adjacent to the existing Hawkeye dugout. The 2,365-square-foot clubhouse would be constructed along the first base side of the stadium and extend down the right field line. The renovation is budgeted at $5.5 million and is expected to be completed in spring 2025. In addition to the clubhouse, new lights and turf will be installed this summer. The project would be funded by athletic department gifts and revenue.
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Iowa ranked No. 2 in green power usage among the Top 30 Colleges and Universities by EPA

Friday, August 12, 2022
The University of Iowa has moved up in the EPA’s Green Power Partner rankings and is now No. 2 in the Top 30 Colleges and Universities of the largest green power users. To achieve this ranking, Iowa uses green power for 84 percent of its operations’ total electricity needs, up from 73 percent last year.  
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8 projects approved for FY2023 P3 funding

Thursday, June 9, 2022
The University of Iowa has awarded eight interdisciplinary projects with $15 million in funding generated by the public-private partnership (P3) with its utility system.