UMD NextGen Energy Program

Administration Building

A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, The University of Maryland is home to more than 41,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 377,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Our College Park campus is a small city unto itself.

Solar panels on parking garage roof

To serve this expansive enterprise, the university relies on a variety of energy sources including wind, solar, and natural gas.

UMD Energy Plant

The NextGen Energy Program plays a critical role in ensuring that the University of Maryland can depend on a reliable and resilient energy system for decades to come.

About NextGen Energy Program

The NextGen Energy Program (NextGen) is a proposed public-private partnership (P3) to renew and modernize the University of Maryland, College Park’s aging energy system. Under the proposed P3, UMD will contract with a private sector entity to design, engineer, finance and install energy system improvements. After improvements are completed, the entity will also manage, operate and maintain UMD’s energy systems moving forward.

After exhaustive research and an evaluation of all options, the NextGen program proposes replacing our existing energy system in a way that is consistent with our core values and best serves our community, now and in the future.

For more information about Next Gen, please visit the NextGen FAQs.