Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.02
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Cortland
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.31 / 4.00 Matt Brubaker
Energy Manager
Facilites Operation adn Services
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
248,620 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:
7,845.30 MMBtu

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

We have four large solar arrays and two small systems across campus.


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

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

we have four low rise residence halls that have evacuated tube domestic water pre-heat systems which on average reduce the natural gas demand for each of those buildings by approximately 12%.


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:
73,683 MMBtu

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

SUNY Cortland was the first SUNY Campus to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates to offset the fossil fuel derived and the nuclear derived electricity of the New York State power mix to then claim 100% of the electricity needs are met through renewable energy sources. The 73,683 MMBtu is approximately 72% of our total electricity needs which are the Renewable Energy Certificates. The remaining mix for electricity is generated from hydro electric, grid wind, solar, bio-mass as well as a small portion of pumped storage. Then we have our on-site solar, this is nearly 5% of our total electricity needs.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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 1.19
Coal 1.32
Geothermal 0
Hydro 20
Natural gas 42.25
Nuclear 30.93
Solar photovoltaic 0.10
Wind 3.41
Other (please specify and explain below) 0.80

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

Other is categorized as pumped storage and petroleum fuels. Our campus purchases Renewable Energy Credits to offset the total fossil fuel mix and nuclear generated electricity noted in the above electricity generation mix for New York State.


Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 0
Electricity 9.73
Fuel oil 0.92
Geothermal 2.66
Natural gas 86.69
Other (please specify and explain below) 0

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:
32.83

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