Lanny Joyce

William S. (Lanny) Joyce,
PE, CEM

William S. (Lanny) Joyce, PE, CEM has over 30 years of experience in district energy, campus utility systems, district cooling, deep water cooling, combined heat and power, building energy and control systems, and commercial and industrial refrigeration. He brings this wealth of experience to his advisory board role with OTE in the development of district cooling and energy systems based on innovative deep water technology.  Lanny created and led the award-winning Lake Source Cooling deep water based chilled water system project at Cornell that reduced energy use for cooling by 86% versus the innovative chiller and thermal storage based system that it replaced. This project came online in 2000 and has resulted in a consistent 0.1 kW/ton average efficiency saving 25 million kWhr/year and garnering 7 major New York State, national, and international awards.

Lanny has served since 2014 as Director of Utilities and Energy Management in the Energy and Sustainability Department at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and has over 30 years of experience in district energy and building energy systems at Cornell. Lanny and his team lead Cornell’s utility plants (steam, electric, chilled water, domestic water), distribution systems, and energy management program. He also works with other staff in Energy and Sustainability in creating the Climate Action Plan and developing renewable energy projects to help meet the University’s ambitious goals to achieve climate neutrality by 2035.

Since 1984, Lanny has provided leadership for over $240 million in central plant and building energy projects at Cornell. He led the campus wide $45 million Energy Conservation Initiative and energy management program from 2001 to 2015 which kept energy use flat while campus space grew by 20%. He was the project director for the $83 million Combined Heat and Power Project which allowed the university to eliminate coal, reduce central utility use associated carbon emissions by 50%, exceed its stated Kyoto compliance goal, and usher in a new era of high efficiency heating and electricity.  Lanny was project manager for the Lake Source Cooling deep lake water cooling project, an innovative and award winning project completed in 2000 that provides all of the chilled water production on the central campus utilizing a renewable resource and 86% less energy. Lanny was project manager for the ASHRAE society level Technology Award winning 4.4 million gallon (30,000 ton-hr) Thermal Storage Project, and many additional central chilled water, water filter plant, and utility distribution projects at Cornell.

Lanny has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell with distinction and is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), Association of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).