Systems Overview

UVM relies on purchased utilities from several municipal and public utility suppliers. These include electricity, natural gas, #2 fuel oil, propane and domestic water/sewerage.

UVM operates several discrete energy systems which provide the thermal energy (heating and cooling) for most of the buildings on campus.

The largest system is the Main Campus District Energy Plant (MCDEP) which is an integrated system of high-pressure steam and chilled water. These commodities are produced centrally at the Plant then distributed out to campus buildings for heating and cooling.

Other large systems for cooling equipment are installed in: Health Science Research, Votey, Kalkin, University Heights, Colchester Research Facility and Gutterson.

Other heating equipment (primarily used to supplement or provide emergency back-up for the Main Campus Plant) is also installed in: Given, Marsh Life Science, Christie Hall, Simpson Hall, Marsh Hall, and Gutterson.

Campus buildings which are not served by nor connected to the MCDEP are isolated systems. These locations rely on individualized or "stand-alone" equipment for their heating and cooling needs. Examples of isolated systems include:

  • Small residential-scale boilers (Pomeroy Hall, Wadhams House and similar small buildings)
  • ​Larger boilers (Waterman, Dewey Hall and others) 
  • Electric chillers (Gutterson, University Heights and Colchester Research)
  • Thermal (electric) heat pumps (Alumni House, Delehanty, Wright Hall, Cohen Hall)
  • Air conditioning units (which are dispersed in many individual spaces)

Campus Utility Data Tracking

Each month, our public utility suppliers provide consumption data along with their billing invoices for these purchased utilities:

- Electricity
- Natural gas
- Fuel oil
- Propane and
- Domestic water

The UVM Facilities Management business office uploads this data into an online portal called Brightly so that the data can be easily accessed by others. (Note: In November 2022, all data from the former SchoolDude/Utility Direct portal was migrated to Brightly).

Students, faculty and campus stakeholders may access this data directly using a guest login.

Login:  Brightly Energy Manager Portal (opens in new browser window)
Username: uvm guest
Password: Energy2023



UVM Featured in "District Energy" Magazine

The evolution of our central chilled water system was recently featured in International District Energy Association (IDEA) journal. 

District Energy article (PDF)