Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.92
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2014
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University of Maryland, College Park
OP-8: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.64 / 7.00 Sally DeLeon
Acting Manager
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
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Option 1: 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 :
24.54 MMBtu

Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated:
149.41 MMBtu

Option 3: 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 :
43,133.49 MMBtu

Option 4: Total RECs and other similar renewable energy products that the institution purchased during the performance year that are Green-e certified or meet the Green-e standard's technical requirements and are third party verified:
4,531.14 MMBtu

Option 5: Total electricity generated with cogeneration technology using non-renewable fuel sources :
830,462.46 MMBtu

Total energy consumed during the performance year :
2,757,210.33 MMBtu

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

A 5.25 kW photovoltaic solar array was installed on the roof of the Cole
Student Activities Building in 2009. A 631 kW photovoltaic solar array
was install on the roof of the Severn Building in 2011. The Severn array
was installed after UMD was selected as a Maryland Energy
Administration Project Sunburst Initiative Partner and awarded a grant
aimed at promoting the installation of renewable energy systems on
public buildings in Maryland. WGES financed the remainder of the Severn
project cost and UMD purchases the electricity generated by the solar
panels under a 20-year agreement with WGES.

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

Solar hot water panels installed at Ellicott Dining Hall in early 2010
provide about 30 percent of the energy needed to pre-heat domestic water
for “the Diner.” The system includes 20 panels with 3 solar storage
tanks, pumps, temperature sensors, and controls. The University has also
begun to install geothermal heat-pump systems in some of its newest
buildings as of 2012.

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:

In 2010, the University System of Maryland (USM) and the Department of
General Services executed three (3), twenty year Power Purchase
Agreements for renewable energy. The projects are:
• 16 megawatt solar project at Mount St. Mary's University
• 10 mega watt wind project in western Maryland
• 55 megawatt wind project in West Virginia
USM receives 1/3 of the output from each project, which equates to
approximately 15 percent of our total energy use. This equates to the
University of Maryland receiving 15 percent of its purchased electricity
from renewable sources. The Maryland wind project, Roth Rock Wind Farm,
became operational in 2011, and the Pinnacle Project (West Virginia)
and the solar project at Mount St. Mary’s became operational in 2012.
USM retains the renewable energy credits (RECs) for all of the purchased

A brief description of RECs or other similar renewable energy products purchased during the previous year, including contract timeframes:

1328 Green-e certified RECs were purchased in 2012 to help with LEED compliance for new construction.

A brief description of cogeneration technologies deployed:

The recipient of the EPA’s 2005 Energy Star Award, the University’s
Combined Heat and Power Plant was completed in 2003. The system produces
all of the steam required for heating and in some cases cooling for the
University. The plant is capable of producing up to 90 percent of the
University’s electric demand in the winter and around 50 percent of the
summer demand. Consisting of two gas-fired combustion turbines, one
steam-driven electric turbine, and two heat recovery steam generators,
the system operates at efficiencies of around 70 percent, significantly
higher than like-sized independent steam boilers and electric
generators. The system requires approximately 16 percent less fuel than
typical purchased electricity with separate steam generation, resulting
in a reduction of nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, and roughly 53,000 tons
of carbon dioxide annually.

The website URL where information about the institution's renewable energy sources is available:

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