Overview of energy at UTM
Natural gas boilers provide heating for most campus buildings, although some buildings (older residences and the Kaneff Centre) are electrically heated. Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel available.
The vast majority of UTM’s electricity is purchased from the Ontario electricity grid. In 2012, the mix of generation sources for Ontario’s grid was 56.4% nuclear, 22.3% hydroelectric, 14.6% gas, 2.8% coal, 3.0% wind, and 0.8% other (source: Independent Electricity System Operator).
A small amount of UTM’s electricity is supplied by our two solar photovoltaic arrays. The smaller array, with a total capacity of 5.4 kW, is located on the front of the William G. Davis Building. The larger array is integrated into the exterior design of the Instructional Centre and has a total capacity of 21 kW. More information can be found on the alternative energies page.
The use of wind energy on the UTM campus has been considered, but numerous studies have shown that it is not feasible to erect a turbine on campus – wind speeds are too low and air turbulence caused by campus buildings is a problem.
Campus vehicles operate on either gasoline or diesel, depending on the vehicle.