Case Studies

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Client Since: 2012

Client Type: Higher Education

Contract Type: Full Service

Project: Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) & Fuel Arbitrage


CES provided the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMA) with an extensive economic analysis and acted as project manager to implement a temporary Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility at the UMass Amherst power plant. CES helped with all aspects of this project including:

  • Economic assessment of the LNG opportunity
  • Initiating and overseeing the addition of the temporary LNG facility
  • Supplementing the utility pipeline natural gas, since the utility pipe's capacity was not enough for the campus's winter heating demand
  • Improving plant operations by allowing full utilization of the heat recovery steam generator
  • Saving UMA more than $3 million and reducing carbon emissions

Ongoing services associated with this project include:

  • Daily price monitoring from publically traded points and from UMA’s two liquid fuel suppliers, which allows coordination of the least expensive fuel per day, arbitraging with ULSD during high natural gas price days
  • Invoice auditing, annual energy budgeting, and scheduling LNG trucks
  • Examining the option of extending the LNG facility's permitting for the future

CES was able to navigate project difficulties including the availability of LNG suppliers, limitations on roads and transport, and safety considerations. From concept to commercial operation date, the project took 8 months, showcasing CES' efficiency. In addition to fiscal savings of $3 million, this project also resulted in a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions per year.

In addition, CES works with UMass Amherst as a full service energy consultant. To date this role has involved reviewing the feasibility of a biomass boiler to fulfill growing fuel demand, developing a plan to optimize the University’s purchased electricity blocks, administering an RFP for solar net excess generation credits, and creating a procurement strategy for open natural gas positions for the college.