Net-Zero Emission for Multi-Energy Campus System

Patrick Wilk, Ethan Cantor, Jie Li

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The energy sector, as one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions, is becoming manageable, especially in institutions such as university campuses that are also proponents of clean energy. A net-zero emission solution is proposed and demonstrated on a multi-energy campus system pursuing optimized energy and emission costs. The university at focus, via scheduling their existing onsite co-generators, high-efficiency steam boilers, and utility purchase, determines photovoltaic (PV) sizing and renewable energy credit (RECs) purchase necessary to accomplish carbon neutrality, as well as energy cost minimization. Three cases, based upon a two-step linear programming (LP), are executed to compare optimal electricity and steam provision, PV sizing, RECs purchase, as well as emission and energy cost tradeoffs. The two-step LP process decouples the unit commitment problem and the economic dispatch problem by leveraging practical operating constraints and minimizing demand charge and load profile impacts, effectively rendering an annual total campus cost savings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2023 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2023
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781665464413
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event2023 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2023 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jul 16 2023Jul 20 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933


Conference2023 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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