Regents Approve Scope, Project Budget to Install Diesel Generator for Campus Back-Up Power

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 17, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved the scope and project budget for installing an automatic diesel generator and necessary infrastructure to provide campus back-up power.

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, said this generator would allow the University to provide utility services to a third of campus on a rotating schedule in the event of an emergency.

Potential funding of $430,000, she says, has become available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through their Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, part of a federally direct funding award sponsored by U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, and Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. The program requires a 25 percent match. Total estimated costs of the generator purchase, including a sound enclosure and 24-hour fuel tank is $545,635, Mangels said. Additional auxiliary installation requirements, including a transformer interface and protective relaying will bring the total project cost to $750,000. The difference between the FEMA funding and the project costs will be funded from maintenance and repair dollars, she said.

The University currently has one manual 1.0mW diesel generator located in the Power Plant to service the Power Plant and central loop. In addition, nine smaller emergency generators are located across campus, she said. The small generators primarily address emergency lighting and special needs such as telecommunication switch rooms. In some residence halls, these generators service additional functions. The generator at the Towers Complex provides power to one elevator in each of the four towers, the domestic hot water boiler, emergency lighting and the fire pumps, she said.

If the University loses incoming power provided by Ameren UE, it will be necessary to operate it as a stand-alone facility. Mangels said the University has evaluated the purchase of additional individual generators and has determined that a 1.5mW automatic diesel generator installed in a centralized location and tied to the existing infrastructure and utility distribution system would be the best use of funding.

She says Facilities Management also will make wiring modifications in key buildings to maximize the capacity of the smaller generators. In the future, the goal is to purchase two additional 1.5mW generators which could be installed in parallel and supply standard campus utilities to all buildings at full capacity.