Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.79
Liaison Audrey McSain
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.49 / 4.00 Douglas Spengel
Associate Director Utilities and Engineering
Facilities Services
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Total energy consumption, performance year:
617,582.86 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) 22,333,000 Kilowatt-hours 76,200.20 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, clean and renewable sources (rights retained/retired) 5,197 Kilowatt-hours 17.73 MMBtu

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

Lehigh began buying Green-E certified RECs from an off-site developer/project on March 1, 2020.

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

There are five solar photovoltaic panel installations on campus. Four installations serve remote and off-grid activities and are not directly metered whereas the largest installation at the Goodman Campus Community Garden is grid-connected and metered. The figure reported above includes only the metered usage from the largest installation.

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:


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:
76,217.93 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 0.40
Coal 28.70
Geothermal 0
Hydro 2.60
Natural gas 31.20
Nuclear 34.50
Solar photovoltaic 0.20
Wind 1.90
Other (please specify and explain below) 0.50

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

Oil, incineration of municipal solid waste, and mine-based methane gas.

Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 0
Electricity 7.89
Fuel oil 0.10
Geothermal 0
Natural gas 92
Other (please specify and explain below) 0.01

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

Lehigh heats one small building with propane.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Clean and renewable energy data was not impacted by COVID-19 and therefore is representative of a normal year.

Information about Lehigh's VPPA can be found at the following link:

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