Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.74
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2011
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University of Utah
OP-8: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.23 / 7.00 Myron Willson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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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 :
109 MMBtu

Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated:
0 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 :
0 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:
169,788 MMBtu

Option 5: Total electricity generated with co-generation technology using non-renewable fuel sources :
174,090 MMBtu

Total energy consumed during the performance year :
2,662,246 MMBtu

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

The University of Utah currently has 3 photovoltaic arrays installed on campus building roofs (Sill Center, University Services Building, and at Red Butte Garden with a rated capacity of 17KW. The Sill Center project was funded by through a Rocky Mountain Blue Sky grant in 2009. It consists of 30 REC SCM 215 modules with a total rating of 6.45 KW. The University Services Building array was funded with a State Energy Program grant and was a part of the LEED-CI building remodel.

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

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

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

"May 2, 2011 -The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the University of Utah is ranked third in the nation on its list of college and university "green power partners." University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon are the only two schools ahead of the U of U in the rankings.
The U of U is being recognized for its voluntary purchase of 85 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of green electricity (green-e) certified renewable energy and solar panel installations on campus. The EPA list of the nation's top 20 college and university green power purchasers is available at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm. The EPA estimates that the University of Utah's green power purchase is equivalent to 31 percent of the school's total electricity consumption. . . .The U's green-e purchases were motivated by a student campaign that led to the creation of a small student fee to pay for clean energy purchases on behalf of the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU). Biochemistry Professor Chris Hill expanded the campaign to allow voluntary contributions from faculty, staff, alumni and the public. The private donations collected from these groups are used to purchase additional green energy credits." U News Release.

A brief description of co-generation technologies deployed:

"Utah’s environment will be the beneficiary of two major university events this coming Earth Day. University of Utah President Michael K. Young will cut the ribbon on the campus’s new cogeneration heat and electricity system and, just minutes later, he will sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. . . .The new cogeneration steam system will supply 5 to 10 percent of the U’s electricity needs and produce heat for most of lower campus. The state-of-the-art system was designed and built by Chevron Energy Systems and its subcontractor, Solar, and will reduce CO2 emissions by 63,000 tons annually. Unlike conventional systems, which use separate boilers and electricity generation equipment, the cogenerator is a combined heat and power system. The plant uses a turbine to spin the generator, supplying campus with electricity and heat. It then captures the excess gas, instead of sending it into the atmosphere, and uses it to heat water that runs through pipes to keep buildings in lower campus warm." U News Archive, April 17, 2008

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

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