With state legislators, guests and members of the University
community in attendance, Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole and
Energenic-US, LLC President and CEO Frank E. DiCola officially dedicated the
Montclair District Energy System, the University’s new heating, cooling, and
power project, at a ceremony on the Montclair State campus on October 26.
Currently under construction to replace the University’s
aging steam-generating equipment, the new energy system will provide 100
percent of all steam and approximately 75 percent of electricity to the 250-acre
campus using the latest, environmentally friendly technology.
“I cannot overstate the importance of this project, which is
a natural—and necessary— step in continuing the enormous development that has
taken place at the University over the past 14 years,” said Cole. “And I am proud to say that the
new project embodies the University’s commitment to environmental stewardship
by delivering clean, cost-effective and energy-efficient power and thermal
“It’s not often that an institution such as this university
makes a decision of this magnitude to aggressively improve—or in this case
totally replace—their entire energy infrastructure. We commend them for it,” said
DiCola. “This facility, when it’s complete, will be more than 75 percent
efficient. That’s twice the national average of any power facility in the
The $90 million project is the result of a public-private
partnership between Montclair State and Energenic, a partnership made possible
by the 2009 New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act. The Montclair District Energy
System is the second public-private partnership for Montclair State after The
Heights, which opened in 2011.
“Without the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act, providing for
the possibility of public-private partnerships at the state colleges and
universities, it is not at all clear how this critically important
infrastructure could have been provided,” noted Cole.
Senator Raymond Lesniak, Assemblyman Albert Coutinho and Assemblyman and Deputy
Majority Leader Thomas Giblin, all of whom were instrumental in the passage of
the Economic Stimulus Act, offered words of congratulations followed by an
unveiling of a commemorative plaque that will be placed on the cornerstone of
the combined heating, cooling and power plant.
Members of the project team from Montclair State, Energenic and construction trade unions then joined the legislators and presidents to sign a steel beam that will be lifted into place at the top of the power plant.
View photos from the dedication at Flickr.com.