UConn has begun the process of switching to its new co-generation plant, which will produce electricity and steam for the Storrs campus. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., the campus will experience a sequential, area-by-area power outage. These planned interruptions are expected to last approximately
40 minutes, and are necessary so the transition to co-generation can continue.
Co-generation will allow the University to achieve significant energy savings, and operate a more environmentally-friendly power source.
The conversion will affect all academic buildings, and all non-University facilities that receive utility service from the University. These include the religious and cultural facilities on North Eagleville Road, Mansfield Apartments, the Nathan Hale Inn, and lighting in the parking lots. It will not affect the Depot Campus or any user who receives a bill from CL&P, including properties in
the commercial block.
The interruption has been scheduled for the early morning hours to minimize disruption to faculty, staff, and students. However, the interruption will affect:
Campus computer networks
and individual PC’s: Departments operating their own networks and individual computer users should turn off their servers and PC’s not later than 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. They can be turned on after 5:30 a.m. that day.
Research projects: Check that emergency generators are working.
Digital phones: Black phones will not work while power is out. They will begin working automatically once power is restored, but stored data such as saved phone numbers may be lost.
Elevators: Do not use between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The co-generation plant on North Eagleville Road is more efficient and environmentally friendly than other utility plants supplying power in New England because it produces steam – used for heating and cooling – in addition to electricity. It burns fuel to produce electricity and uses the energy released during combustion to produce steam.
The University’s staff and staff of CL&P and Select Energy are working to ensure the conversion to the co-generation plant is accomplished smoothly.
University police will add patrols to ensure campus safety.
If you have questions about the conversion, please contact Gene Roberts, director of facilities operations, at 860-486-3185 during business hours, or Work Order Control at 860-486-3113 or 3114 after business hours.
If you experience problems as a result of the conversion, please report telephone problems to Telecommunications at 860-486-0300; computer problems to the University Information Technology Services’ Help Desk at 860-486-4357; or mechanical problems to Work Order Control at 860-486-3114.
Please note: In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 2 a.m. until 5 a.m.