By: Trace Weaver
On Monday, February 22nd Net Impact held its third meeting in the energy series! This meeting featured a panel of experts on energy, both from the public and private sector.
The panelist shown above farthest to the left sitting at the table is Jeff, the Director of Energy Management at Indiana University. He talked about some of the energy uses of the school, including how much energy we use and how that energy is produced. The peak load of energy used last year was 43 megawatts and over 290 million kilowatt hours were used in total over 2015. IU has mostly transitioned from coal to natural gas, which is cheaper because there are a lot of pipelines that run through Indiana, the crossroads of America, and it's more environmentally friendly than coal because it doesn't produce ash. The goal is to move towards more solar energy, but that is still a ways away as quite a bit of energy is needed to keep the university running.
Second farthest to the left on the panel was David from Mann Plumbing Inc. he discussed the new uses of solar thermal energy, which uses hot water or even hot air to produce energy. Second farthest to the right is Linus, a graduate student in SPEA who also works for the IU Office of Sustainability. He explained the university's effort to invest in more sustainable forms of energy through the Reinvest IU campaign. Finally, farthest to the right on the panel is Ales from Solar Systems of Indiana right here in Bloomington. He described the ways in which using solar panels can be beneficial to homeowners, including a 30% tax credit for those who want to install solar panels on their property.
We had a fantastic turnout for this final meeting in the energy series and want to thank all of you for coming to hear these experts speak. Be sure to attend next week's meeting which starts our new series: sustainable apparel!