The University of Utah is the largest institution in the State of Utah Higher Education System. The University’s electrical distribution system serves a large medical center, major research facilities, student housing, academic, athletic, and administration facilities. The electrical distribution system serves over 320 buildings through an underground network of duct banks and manholes that originate from three, 46 kV substations, plus a 5 megawatt cogeneration plant. Distribution from these substations is owned by the University and is supplied at 4,160 volts, 7,200 volts, and 12,470 volts. A vast majority of this distribution system is supplied underground from the substations to the buildings.
Most of the system was old and failing, and the campus was in desperate need to upgrade the system to provide more reliability, safety, flexibility and capacity for years to come.