An energy feasibility study supported by the U of M Extension Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership has found a way to help the City of Morris lower energy costs and its carbon footprint. The study was conducted by Ever-Green Energy and found that the boilers on the campus of the University of Minnesota Morris provide enough surplus heating capacity to heat the nearby Stevens Community Medical Center and the Morris Elementary and High Schools. U of M Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities Bryan Herrmann told the KMRS Community Connection that the study provided real benefits to all three of the institutions.
The study provided evidence that additional boilers at the Elementary School were not necessary, helping to save money in the long term. The concept of District Heating has been growing in popularity in recent years, but if all parties move forward with this it would mark the first District Heating project in Morris.