Utility Statistics

Photo Collage of TB Simon Power Plant and Electric Car Port

Leading the way for energy sustainability

For more than a century, MSU has provided energy for itself with the innovative power and heat generation technology of the time, and we plan to keep doing that into the next century.  

To power MSU's mission of advancing knowledge and transforming lives, IPF operates the T.B. Simon Power Plant and receives power from solar arrays covering 45 acres of parking lots, the largest of its kind in North America. In 2019, MSU started work on adding new, highly efficient engines to not only generate electricity but also better take advantage of campus' carport solar arrays to further reduce MSU's greenhouse gas emissions.  

Dependable. Affordable. Sustainable. That's our commitment to power generation on campus and a big part of the reason why MSU was named a top 20 university for sustainability and the only Big Ten institution appearing the top 50.

Please review key metrics about electrical and steam production below.

Basics about the T.B. Simon Power Plant

First powered on in 1966, MSU's power plant delivers reliable and affordable electricity and steam for campus, powering the university's ability to advance knowledge and transform lives.

Assisted by the solar arrays and an anaerobic digester, the electricity from the plant powers everything from your laptop to the nuclear research done at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. And the plant's steam heats most campus buildings during cold months and cools them during the warm ones.

Curious about where MSU gets its water or why red-water events occur?

Take a look with this video to find out where campus water comes from and what we're doing to lessen red-water events in the future with MSU's new water treatment facility that will remove iron and other minerals from campus water to improve its taste and appearance.

Once online, the plant will start removing iron and other minerals, but it will take time to see noticeable improvement with some buildings seeing changes sooner than others.

Utility Production and Consumption





Fuel Consumed (Trillions of BTUs)  6.13 6.28 6.68
Campus Steam (1,000 lbs) 1,984,000 2,111,000 2,124,847
Campus Electrical Demand (MWh) 295,986 315,056 331,280
Plant Generation (Gross MWh) 309,462 315,516 334,173
Plant Generation (Net MWh) 257,374 261,968 281,208
Electrical Tie Line Purchase (MWh) 42,286 48,951 41,795
Electrical Tie Line Sold (MWh) 3,598 3,344 4,813
Carport Solar Purchase (MWh) 0 7,542 13,181
Carport Solar Sold (MWh) 0 60 91





Reservoir (1,000 gallons) 1,053,399 1,202,437 1,170,623
Well Field (1,000 gallons) 1,226,150 1,287,541 1,233,935

Utility Production Capacity


Steam (Klbs./hour)

Electricity (MW)

Unit 1 250 12.5
Unit 2 250 12.5
Unit 3 350 15
Unit 4 350 21
Unit 5 N/A 24
Unit 6 115 13.5




CPCO Tie Line N/A 100

Water System



# of Wells 15 15
Nominal Well Capacity (GPM) 7,700 8,248
Reservoir Storage Cap (Gallons) 1 million 1 million
Reservoir Pump Cap (GPM) 9,600 9,600

Utility System Peak Demands

  2017-2018 2018-2019
Electrical System (MW) 72.1 74.3
Campus Steam (1,000 lbs./hour) 516 552
Water (GPM) 5,000 5,500

Utility Emissions

  CY 2017 CY 2018
NOx (tons)                315 342