Sustainable Utilities Partnership
As part of its ongoing work to promote sustainability on campus, Georgetown University has joined forces with Georgetown Energy Partners, an entity comprising ENGIE North America (ENGIE) and Axium Infrastructure (Axium). ENGIE brings deep energy-sector expertise to modernize and manage the university’s utility systems. Axium provides exceptional financing resources to enable major infrastructure improvement projects.
The partnership has three overarching goals: 1) maintain safe and efficient operations of Georgetown’s utility infrastructure; 2) fund and implement sustainable modernization projects while supporting the university’s efforts in environmental stewardship; and 3) engage the Georgetown University community in these operational and stewardship activities.
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Georgetown University strives to lead by example – embarking on bold projects that demonstrate how universities can enhance their sustainability efforts. Georgetown Energy Partners anticipates that the projects it undertakes will reduce overall energy-use intensity by 35 percent by 2031. Expertise and expanded capabilities provided by the partnership will support more sustainable energy and water efficiency projects on campus and provide long-lasting environmental benefits for years to come.
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Utility Infrastructure Enhancements
Under the collaborative arrangement, ENGIE and Axium will help modernize the university’s infrastructure, including the utility, distribution, monitoring, and control systems. Analyzing data collected from a network of smart meters across campus will allow the university to significantly improve its energy system. This data-driven approach will be central to helping Georgetown achieve a 35% reduction in energy use intensity. Georgetown Energy Partners will identify and help the university implement and invest in new solutions and operational efficiency improvements.
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Broad Engagement for Communitywide Benefit
Georgetown Energy Partners aligns with the university’s mission to advance the common good through engaged scholarship, teaching, and service. In this spirit, the partnership creates opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to contribute to energy-related projects on campus in ways that align with the university’s research, scholarship and teaching efforts. Students exploring careers in the energy sector and its affiliated fields will benefit from working alongside industry veterans from ENGIE, particularly through the Georgetown Energy Partners Internship Program.
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Georgetown University’s energy infrastructure delivers 123,202,860 kilowatts of electricity and 805,453 MBtus of natural gas annually.
The university owns the energy infrastructure and retains control over capital improvement decisions. ENGIE operates the campus utilities and works daily with Georgetown’s Engineering, Facilities and Project & Design teams.
Built on Expertise.
Projects will benefit from ENGIE and Axium’s global experience, their successful partnerships with other higher-ed institutions, and from advanced analytics, which will inform infrastructure decisions.
Frequently Asked Questions
About the Partners
Georgetown Energy Partners is a partnership entity formed by ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure to operate and improve campus energy systems at Georgetown University. The 50-year partnership with the University is the latest in a series of collaborations between ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure, which began in 2017. Previous energy collaboration successes include concessions at The Ohio State University and at the Longwood Medical Area in Boston.
ENGIE North America
As a power generator, energy services company, and retail electricity supplier, ENGIE North America is the only company that delivers comprehensive, integrated services across the entire energy value chain. This makes ENGIE a preferred provider to universities, cities, healthcare providers, and other social infrastructure entities. ENGIE’s business strategy focuses on delivering safe, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable energy solutions that meet customer needs over the long term. Nearly 100% of the company’s power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable.
Axium Infrastructure Inc.
Axium Infrastructure is an independent portfolio management firm dedicated to generating long-term investment returns through investing in core infrastructure assets. Axium focuses on assets supported by robust market demand that are under long-term contract with creditworthy counterparties. Since 2010, the firm has invested in a diversified portfolio of over 165 North American infrastructure assets. As of May 31, 2021, Axium had approximately US$5 billion in assets under management, as well as over US$1 billion in co-investments.
Documents & Resources
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