Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.51
Liaison Sarah Mittlefehldt
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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Northern Michigan University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.02 / 4.00 Sarah Mittlefehldt
Co-Chair, Sustainability Advisory Council
Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
580,863 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:
3,257 MMBtu

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

As part of a campus energy optimization project, a new biomass fueled cogeneration combined heat and power (CHP) plant was constructed in 2013 as an addition to the existing plant that will provide guaranteed cost savings. The new plant addition utilizes a solid fuel stoker boiler rated at 40,000 pounds per hour, capable of burning wood chips. The new plant is capable of meeting 87% of thermal needs on campus. A back pressure steam turbine generator produces up to 645 kilowatts of electricity, which is about 16% of the university's electrical load. The existing natural gas boilers supplements the biomass plant for peaking duty and electricity continues to be purchased, as needed, from the Marquette Board of Light and Power.


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

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

As part of a campus energy optimization project, a new biomass fueled cogeneration combined heat and power (CHP) plant was constructed in 2013 as an addition to the existing plant that will provide guaranteed cost savings. The new plant addition utilizes a solid fuel stoker boiler rated at 40,000 pounds per hour, capable of burning wood chips. The new plant is capable of meeting 87% of thermal needs on campus. A back pressure steam turbine generator produces up to 645 kilowatts of electricity, which is about 16% of the university's electrical load. The existing natural gas boilers supplements the biomass plant for peaking duty and electricity continues to be purchased, as needed, from the Marquette Board of Light and Power.


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:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of the RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products, including contract timeframes:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Geothermal ---
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Nuclear ---
Solar photovoltaic ---
Wind ---
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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 ---
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:
0.56

OP5 and OP6 have different performance years due to separate energy savings initiatives. The Performance year for OP5 showcases consumption at the completion of a phased-in performance contract period that began in FY10/11, but the data reported in OP5 come from within the past three years. The OP6 performance year showcases the energy consumption upon completion of a CHP plant; a separate energy savings initiative that has been put on hold in years FY14/15 and FY15/16 due to the drop in natural gas prices.

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