Oregon State University

OSU contracted TriAxis engineering to perform an Electrical Energy Sustainability Plan for the OSU campus by March 2017.  TriAxis reviewed and assessed previous studies; conducted on‐site assessments, reviewed current energy strategies, and made recommendations based on the findings.   TriAxis conducted an in‐depth evaluation of the Corvallis Campus electrical System through the creation of an Electrical Energy Sustainability Plan.  While significant focus of this effort was to evaluate electrical service reliability, the analysis also considered safety, sustainability, and aesthetic compatibility with campus and City of Corvallis requirements regarding historic Preservation.   The objective of this effort was to identify improvements to meet the existing and future Operational needs of OSU’s academic, research community, and athletic needs while enhancing the Business continuity in emergency situations; all with OSU’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions in Mind.  The Electrical Energy Sustainability Plan also serves as the basis for Identifying not only long‐range alternatives, but it identifies specific strategies and timelines for Infrastructure upgrades and/or replacements. 

Project Worth$46,800

Completion Date:  2017

Design work for which TriAxis was responsible:  100%


Consumers Power Long Range Plan

The LRP comprehensively examined the impacts of load growth on the aging system. Using a system model, the operational limits of all feeders were tested. Feeder loads were increased in 5% increments above historic peaks and voltage limits on each line segment were determined. Noting the constraints TriAxis identified improvements to mitigate the impacts.

TriAxis worked with CPI to choose cost-effective, technically appropriate improvements that were in keeping with CPI’s operating philosophies and goals for the distribution system. Design options were evaluated against long-term goals.

All CPI substations underwent detailed equipment evaluations to determine expected operating life using current equipment age and operational history. TriAxis made recommendations based on industry-accepted standards.

Based on the load-growth studies and equipment evaluations, TriAxis created a multi-year construction work plan. Both substation-specific work and general system-wide improvements were scheduled and budgeted. For each proposed improvement, a general description of the work was provided along with the load-level that triggers the need for its implementation.

Completion Date:  2012

Design work for which TriAxis was responsible:  100%

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