Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 30.79
Liaison Peter Schulze
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Austin College
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.90 / 4.00 Kelby Archer
Coordinator
Center for Environmental Studies
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
105,806.71 MMBtu

Total clean and renewable electricity generated on site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable electricity generating devices :

We have a solar powered "park structure" with a storage area and restrooms at a field site. The facility is tied to the grid but is in a rural area where the utility does not have to pay for the electricity added to the grid and the meter merely shows zero consumption for nine or ten months of the year when production exceeds consumption. The building generates more energy than it consumes annually, but we do not have precise data for production.


Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:
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Total clean and renewable electricity generated by off-site projects that the institution catalyzed and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:
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Total third-party certified RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a utility-provided certified green power option) purchased during the performance year:
50,156.15 MMBtu

A brief description of the RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products, including contract timeframes:

We purchase REC's from two sources. Our long term electricity contract includes RECs for 15% of our electricity consumption and we buy additional RECs to reach our annual target for electricity from green sources. This year, of the 14,699,137 kWh of RECs, 15% (2,139,317 kWh) were included with the electricity contract and 85% (12,560 RECs) were purchased separately (12,560,000 kWh). We specify third-party certified, 100% wind power RECs for the larger REC purchase, but have less control over the RECs included with the energy contract. The REC vendor for the additional 85% was 3Degrees, and the Renewable Energy Certificate Product Content Label lists "National" as the "Generation Location." These are U.S. Wind Power REC's; the Applicable Standard is "Green-e Energy National Standard Version 2.3."​


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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 0
Geothermal 0
Hydro 0
Natural gas 0
Nuclear 0
Solar photovoltaic 0
Wind 0
Other (please specify and explain below) 0

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:
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Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Electricity ---
Fuel oil ---
Geothermal ---
Natural gas 100
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:
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Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
47.40

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