Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.24
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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Dickinson College
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.89 / 4.00 Tyce Herrman
Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
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Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
202,247.20 MMBtu

Clean and renewable energy from the following sources::
Performance Year
Option 1: Clean and renewable electricity generated on-site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes 300 MMBtu
Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site 0 MMBtu
Option 3: 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 0 MMBtu
Option 4: Purchased third-party certified RECs and similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a certified green power purchasing option) 95,383.33 MMBtu

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

Grid-tied solar panels are installed at five locations on campus: Waidner-Sphal Library, Kaufman Hall, The Center for Sustainable Living, The Quarry trellis, and Britton Plaza. Additionally, most of the electricity needed for our farm operations is generated by grid-tied pv panels.

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

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:

A brief description of the RECs and/or similar renewable energy products:

Dickinson entered into three year contract in fall 2012 to purchase 18,000 MWH RECs annually, the amount required to offset nearly 100% of annual electric consumption.

The website URL where information about the institution's renewable energy sources is available:

300 MMBTU is a very conservative estimate of our solar pv electricity generation given the capacity of our PV arrays. Currently, our pv array reporting software is malfunctioning.

Total energy consumption is comprised of fuel oil and natural gas combusted on campus and purchased electricity. MMBTU was taken directly from the Clean Air-Cool Planet Energy Sum sheet.

A conversion factor of 0.005299074 MMBtu/kwh was used to determine the MMBTU of 18,000 MWH of RECs consistent with factors from the most recent Clean Air-Cool Planet carbon calculator (v7.0).

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