Today, UT Austin's power plant supplies almost 100% of the utility requirements for 20 million square feet serving 70,000 faculty, students and staff. Energy management efforts to date have enabled UT Austin to hold fuel consumption to that of 15 years ago, while the campus doubled in overall building space. Carbon emissions today are equivalent to 1977 levels.
In 2011, the Natural Resource Conservation Plan set a goal of reducing energy consumption at the building level by 20% by the year 2020 using 2009 as the base year. As of FY2014, 16.5% energy reduction has been achieved via technical efforts and campus engagement.
As the university undertakes planning efforts to meet future growth, reliable and efficient energy supply and its judicious utilization are critical components to preserve the university's utility assets and sustain plant performance.