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In the 2017-18 year, HKUST consumed around 93 million kWh of electricity and an additional 425,000 units (roughly equal to 57 million kWh) of towngas. A very small portion of energy comes from the fuels for standby generators and transportation vehicles like cars and trucks. For this hot and humid climate, the largest energy need is air conditioning, which can be seen in the monthly electricity consumption of the campus. The monthly totals also highlight the needs of the main buildings, which consumes significantly more electricity than all other buildings combined. The original academic buildings (including the Main Academic Building plus the Coastal Marine Laboratory, the Wind/Wave Tunnel Facility, and the district cooling plant) are the major drivers of energy consumption, representing 70% out of the total. The other electricity consumption comes from student housing, staff housing, food services and common areas.