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Energy

Energy has a significant financial, environmental and community impact for Michigan State University. At MSU, approximately 19 million of the campus' 20 million square feet is served by the T.B. Simon Power Plant, which provides steam and electricity from multiple fuel sources.

MSU is exploring several options to lower its energy footprint.

A photo of the rooftop photovoltaic solar panels at MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center. In the background, the T.B. Simon Power Plant is also visible.

Energy Transition Plan

The Energy Transition Plan, adopted by the Board of Trustees in April 2012, defines MSU’s goals toward a sustainable energy future. The plan set high-level overarching goals to improve the physical environment, increase research in renewable energy and establish MSU as an educational leader in sustainable energy.

The plan's goals and targets will move the university toward its vision by balancing important variables such as capacity, environment, health, cost and reliability.