OFS Central Utility Plant Our mission is to provide courteous, responsive, cost-effective service
The Central Plant is responsible for generating electricity, chilled water, compressed air and steam for use in most campus buildings 24 hours per day 365 days each year.
A portion of the total electrical usage for NMSU is generated by a natural gas fired turbine. Critical buildings are wired to the "essential bus" and are supplied power from the plant even in the event of a campus wide power outage.
The waste heat from the turbine is captured and used to heat water into steam for use on campus. This is just one of the Central Plant's efforts to save energy.
The campus Energy Management & Control System is headquartered at the CUP. Most of the buildings on campus are outfitted with up-to-date computer control devices that allow constant monitoring of building conditions.
NMSU is the size of a small city or town and the Central Plant treats the NMSU campus as such. By managing energy usage and properly maintaining the plant's equipment we can provide the lowest cost utilities possible.