Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.76
Liaison Richard Johnson
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Rice University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.13 / 4.00 Richard Johnson
Director of Sustainability
Facilities Engineering and Planning
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
844453.87 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:
411.87 MMBtu

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

This is from the solar array on top of the south wing of Jones College for the year 2015.


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

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

We do not meter the energy produced by the on-campus geothermal system.


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:
26205 MMBtu

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

Rice directly purchased 7,686,000 kwh (or 26,205 MMbtus) of solar-sourced electricity via MP2 Energy from the First Solar Barilla project in Pecos County, Texas in 2016. Rice purchased a similar amount in 2015 as well.


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 26.75
Geothermal 0
Hydro 0.28
Natural gas 40.61
Nuclear 11.14
Solar photovoltaic 7.16
Wind 14.06
Other (please specify and explain below) 0

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

Rice uses a small amount of geothermal on campus that is not metered. The above figures were derived from using the 2016 ERCOT fuel mix, and applying those percentages to the portion of Rice electricity that was not either directly purchased from a solar source or generated by an on-campus solar array.


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:

Most heat on campus comes from a district steam system, and the steam is created in boilers from natural gas, or recovered from the operations of natural gas fired cogeneration turbines in the form of waste heat. We do not have an exact percentage share of heat from electric, heat from natural gas, and heat from recovered waste heat.


Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
3.15

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