Division Summary

Director - Kurt Knitter  907-474-7091 kknitter@alaska.edu


The Utilities Division operates UAF’s combined heat and power plant (CHPP) that provides electric power, steam heat, and district-chilled/low grade heat water to campus. The utilities complex produces all power for the Troth Yeddha’ Campus (approximately 8MW) however has the generating capacity to produce up to 23MW of power. The facility operates one coal fired Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB), primary boiler and two standby oil fired boilers. These boilers generate the steam for the two steam turbines generators, 10 MW and 20MW nameplate rating.  Extraction steam and surface condenser heat is used to heat and cool the campus buildings. Additionally The Utilities Division operates its own water distribution system that provides over 87 million gallons of safe drinking water per year, in addition to compressed air, high purity water to various research laboratories, and a 9.6MW backup diesel generator.

 The Atkinson power plant was completed in 1964.The Circulating Fluidized Bed boiler building was complete in 2019. The Utilities Division is progressive in its approach to environmental modernization and energy saving efforts.


Atkinson Building profile and location.

Water Plant

Current Utilities Information


Phone: (907) 474-7351 Fax: (907) 474-5478

Mailing Address: PO Box 757420 ~ Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7420

Physical Address: 802 Alumni Drive ~ Fairbanks, Alaska 99775