Facilities Services


On April 20, 2000, House Bill 2603 which allows for energy performance contracting by all state agencies and municipalities became effective. In November 2001, the University of Kansas took advantage of this legislation and partnered with what is now Chevron Energy Solutions. Installation of $18.3 million of energy and water saving measures occurred during an eighteen month construction period from January 2003 through June 2004. These measures include upgraded lighting, a new steam boiler, window tinting, new and upgraded components for the Building Automated Control System (BACS), improvements to the steam distribution system, upgrades to the electrical distribution system, and low-flow restroom fixtures.

Also as part of the contract, Chevron employes two energy resource managers (ERM) who work full-time on the KU campus. They are to assist university personnel with on-going efforts to conserve energy during the contract period. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining building schedules within the Building Automated Control System, providing energy education to faculty, staff and students, and interfacing with Chevron and KU personnel. Current ERM's at KU are Rod Ideker and Rick Sweeney.

For more information on energy performance contracting, see the following:
Meet the ERM

Rod Ideker is the current Energy Resource Manager on the KU campus. He is responsible for:

  • working with KU staff to optimize building operations using the Building Automated Control System,
  • identifying opportunities for further reductions in energy use,
  • working with KU maintenance personnel,
  • and providing educational opportunities for faculty, staff and students on campus.

Mr. Ideker joined Chevron Energy Solutions with experience in the HVAC and energy services industry. His areas of expertise include Building Automation (Energy Management), pneumatic, electric, and electronic control systems design, engineering, programming, installation and start-up management. Prior to working at KU, Mr. Ideker performed similar duties for the Saint Louis, MO, Board of Education.

Energy Saver News

As part of the energy education component of the performance contract, Chevron has created a quarterly newsletter which contains information on KU's energy use as well as other, more general energy information that may be useful to individuals.

Please click on the following links for the current and past issue of the Energy Saver News.

You may also click here to be added to the email list for notification of future publications.

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