Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.85
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Merced
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.40 / 4.00 Zuhair Mased
Director of Energy
Facilities Management
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
163457 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:
8133 MMBtu

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

A 1 MW solar photovoltaic array began operation in November 2009.


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

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:
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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:
49176 MMBtu

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

The university sources power through the University of California (UC) Wholesale Power Program which is a Energy Service Provider (ESP). The UC ESP provides clean green power to campuses in an effort to support the UC Systems carbon neutrality initiative. The figure provided is reflective of the power the university sources through its agreement. UC_ESP’s RECs are retired (in WREGIS) and a green clean power is supplied to the campus.


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 0
Geothermal 0
Hydro 26
Natural gas 0
Nuclear 0
Solar photovoltaic 49
Wind 0
Other (please specify and explain below) 25

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

The other sources of electricity are "unspecified sources of power," meaning electricity from transactions that are not traceable to specific generation sources.


Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 0
Electricity 0
Fuel oil 0
Geothermal 0
Natural gas 100
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:
35.06

The total energy consumption includes all power sources used by the institution, including the power sourced by the university from its energy service provider. The figure also includes the campus one mega-watt solar pv. The university sources power through the University of California Wholesale Power Program that provides clean green power to campuses that have opted into the program. The UC System Wholesale Power Program reduces the carbon emissions associated with power through renewable energy generation. The RECs are retired in WREGIS and a green clean power is supplied to the campus.

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