Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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University of Oregon
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Sonya Carlson
Graduate Fellow
Office of Sustainability
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Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
414991.70 MMBtu

Clean and renewable energy from the following sources::
Performance Year
Option 1: Clean and renewable electricity generated on-site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes 252.80 MMBtu
Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site 0 MMBtu
Option 3: 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 0 MMBtu
Option 4: Purchased third-party certified RECs and similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a certified green power purchasing option) 2.39 MMBtu

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

The UO has five buildings that generate PV solar electricity: our Facilities Warehouse, the Erb Memorial Union (~3KW), the Lillis Business Complex (~44KW) and the Student Recreation Center and Outdoor Program Barn (~11KW).


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

There are solar hot water heaters on the roof of the Living Learning Center, Gerlinger Annex, and the HEDCO Education Building. Approximately 3500 gallons/year of used fryer oil from UO kitchen gets picked up by Sequential and turned into biodiesel.


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

While the UO does buy energy from the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), and a large portion of their energy portfolio is from hydro-power and wind (forms of renewable energy), the off-site hydro-power and wind (clean and renewable energy sources) are not produced specifically for the UO, so we cannot claim points for this portion of the credit.


A brief description of the RECs and/or similar renewable energy products:

Recs purchased from Blue Sky Power.


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

Furthermore: Eugene Water and Electric Board has a mix of renewable energy that is roughly 75% renewably sourced and accounts for 220121.63 MMBTU from purchased electricity that is renewably sourced but due to the wording of this question cannot be counted.

(Option 3): The institution developed a bulk solar purchasing program to benefit UO staff and non-staff community members (contracts signed to date total $1.2 million, on 75 homes, 300KW that will be installed), but decided to forego the "environmental attributes" credits because the cost/benefit ratio to obtain those credits. (Option 4): While the UO does buy energy from the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), and approximately 90% of its energy portfolio is from hydro-power and wind (forms of renewable energy), the off-site hydro-power and wind (clean and renewable energy sources) are not produced specifically for the UO, so we cannot claim points for this portion of the credit. Additionally, we installed a 10KW wind turbine at our satellite campus-Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in December of 2014. Its production is not included because it was not operating during the GHG performance year. Other websites: https://business.uoregon.edu/lillis-complex and https://uorec.uoregon.edu/facilities/expansion/ and http://pages.uoregon.edu/ecostudy/elp/energy/Conservationprojects.html

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