Energy Efficiency Improvements at the University of Illinois at Chicago


University of Illinois, Chicago, partnered with Ameresco on an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to upgrade five campus facilities, delivering energy savings, improving comfort of the facilities and reducing the University’s carbon footprint. The project supports UIC’s Climate Action Plan and will help meet their goal of 80% carbon emissions reduction by 2050.

Read the UIC Press Release

The modernization of the UIC campus energy systems will provide improvements to UIC’s education facilities that will attract new students and reduce utility, operation and maintenance costs. UIC and most institutes of higher education must deal with a multitude of old and new equipment and varying levels of operational efficiency, with no campus energy management system to control overall energy usage. These energy conservation measures across all buildings will benefit students and faculty for years to come.

UIC Benefits

  • Improve comfort of the buildings for students, professors, researchers and staff
  • Increase energy savings
  • Reduce UIC operating costs by replacing or retrofitting aging equipment
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Create local jobs for the economy

What Is Energy Savings Performance Contracting?


Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) is the contracting mechanism by which an Energy Services Company works with a customer to identify energy saving retrofits, secure financing, install measures, address risk and responsibility, guarantee savings and measure and verify realized savings.

The project is expected to save the University more than $1.8 million in avoided energy costs annually for the 20-year term, and includes energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to UIC’s Science and Engineering Laboratories Complex, consisting of four teaching and research laboratory buildings and a supporting office building, totaling more than 1.2 million square feet.

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