Bemidji State University is currently working with GEOptimize to determine the feasibility of transitioning the campus’ network of natural gas-based steam distribution to a geothermal system. Exploring the feasibility of ground source heat pump technology will better prepare the University to adopt this form of renewable energy should the opportunity present itself. With fewer than three decades to achieve carbon neutrality under the Climate Commitment, this represents an important step to a more sustainable future.
The feasibility study is funded in part by the McKnight Foundation’s Midwest Climate & Energy Program, which seeks to foster and support climate and energy leadership in the Midwest and to make the region a model for the world by reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Funding support is also provided by Otter Tail Power Company in the form of cost-sharing incentives. This is another example of Otter Tail Power’s support of campus-wide energy efficiency efforts through its Conservation Improvement Program.