Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.56
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colorado State University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.05 / 4.00 Carol Dollard
Energy Engineer
Facilities Management
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
1,564,455.30 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:
1,213 MMBtu

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

13 solar PV installations on main and foothills campus.

In addition, a meteorological tower was installed as the first phase to investigate the viability of installing wind turbines on a 3,000+ acre university owned site, 100 miles east of the main campus.


Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site, performance year:
4,422.40 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:

A biomass boiler on CSU campus generates hot water and displaces natural gas use. This plant has a rating of 46 bhp.


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:
14,822 MMBtu

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

Green E Recs; contracts are ongoing


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 64.30
Geothermal 0
Hydro 16.27
Natural gas 6.30
Nuclear 0
Solar photovoltaic 0
Wind 13.16
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 0.50
Coal 0
Electricity ---
Fuel oil 0
Geothermal 0
Natural gas 99.50
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:
1.31

On January 25, 2017 Dr. Tony Frank signed the Climate Reality Pledge. This will lead to CSU being powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2030. CSU was one of the first univiersities to take this pledge.

CSU is the site host for 5,300kW (8.5M kWh/yr) solar plant on the foothills campus - one of the largest in the country and one of the largest associated with a college/university campus. The RECs were sold to the local utility in order to finance the plant. CSU will be able to claim the REC's in 2030.

Percentage of Solar PV electric use included with wind. Utility just reports renewables - primarily wind.

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