Charter St. Heating Plant
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188 N. Charter St.
Madison, WI 53706
The Charter Street Heating Plant serves campus in producing electricity, steam for heating and chilled water for cooling purposes. It was first test fired in September 1959 and was expanded in 1965, 1966, and 1973. These additions more than doubled the plant's 1959 size.
The primary fuels for the Charter Street Heating Plant are natural gas and fuel oil. Fuel oil is used as a back up fuel source.
The Charter Plant is capable of producing steam at 800,000#/hr, 26,000 tons of chilled water, 9.8 megawatts of electricity and 7080scfm of compressed air. In an effort to maximize the fuel efficiency, a portion of the steam load at the Charter Plant is used to produce up to 9.8 megawatts of electricity.
The Wisconsin Energy Initiative program has been utilized to upgrade and maximize the electric and chilled water production capacity of the Charter Plant. Renovations and upgrades were completed in fall 2013, and included replacing outdated coal boilers with newer, more energy efficient natural gas boilers.