Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.37 / 4.00 Renee Theroux-Keech
Interim Director
Office of Facilities Management & Planning
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total energy consumption, performance year:
179,802.04 MMBtu

Clean and renewable electricity (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity from certified/verified clean and renewable sources (i.e., bundled green power purchases) 18,043,108 Kilowatt-hours 61,563.08 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, clean and renewable sources (rights retained/retired) 0 Kilowatt-hours 0 MMBtu

A brief description of the certified/verified sources of clean and renewable electricity:

For the period of 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2022, ENGIE Resources LLC supplied Eastern with 100% Green electricity in compliance with the terms of our contract through the Connecticut State College and Universities (CSCU) system. On October 15, 2021, Keith Epstein, Vice President of Facilities, Real Estate & Infrastructure Planning of the Connecticut State College and Universities (CSCU) system, confirmed that the Renewable Energy Credits were retained in ownership for the CSCU system, including Eastern. A 4-year extension of the contract was negotiated and included retention of the RECs for the CSCU system. This procurement will last until April 2026.

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

Solar energy: Solar is used on campus parking lot lighting. The bus shelters also have solar lighting. These are all off the grid so that they can still operate in emergency situations. We have no number for the energy these produce.

Clean and renewable thermal energy (report MMBtu):
Clean and renewable stationary fuels used on-site to generate thermal energy 0 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water from certified/verified clean and renewable sources 0 MMBtu

A brief description of the clean and renewable stationary fuels:

The High Rise dormitory is one of the largest geothermal projects in Connecticut. With three 800-foot wells, the project was completed in Fall 2001. Prior to the project, the building was not air conditioned, and had an average annual electrical bill of $82,000 which included heating and electricity. After the geothermal heat pump system became operational, the average annual bill was $72,000 for electricity, heating, AND cooling. We do not track energy produced by the geothermal, we only track it in gallons of water. That is why we left the above MMBtu request blank.

A brief description of the certified/verified sources of clean and renewable thermal energy:

Unbundled renewable energy products (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Purchased RECs, GOs, I-RECs or equivalent unbundled renewable energy products certified by a third party 0 Kilowatt-hours 0 MMBtu

A brief description of the unbundled renewable energy products:

Total clean and renewable energy generated or purchased:
61,563.08 MMBtu

Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for clean and renewable energy is available:
Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Geothermal ---
Hydro ---
Natural gas ---
Nuclear ---
Solar photovoltaic ---
Wind ---
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:

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 ---
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Fuel oil is only used to peak shave during periods of extreme cold.

Information for this credit was provided by Renee Theroux-Keech, Director of Facilities Management & Planning.

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