Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.55
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date April 5, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Utah
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.32 / 4.00 Matt Abbott
Sustainability Manager for FM
Facilities Management
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
1,014,617.12 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:
0 MMBtu

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

Not Applicable


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

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

Not Applicable


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:

Not Applicable


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:
334,522.05 MMBtu

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

In 2015, the U ranked eighth in the nation—and first in the Pac-12—during the 2014-15 competition by purchasing 85,926,100 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. The total represents 28 percent of the U’s total energy use,

In 2011, the U.S. EPA recognized the U of U for its voluntary purchase of 85 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of green electricity (green-e) certified renewable energy and solar panel installations, equivalent to 31 percent of the school’s total electricity consumption.


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 0.43
Coal 61.96
Geothermal 0.38
Hydro 5.18
Natural gas 15.40
Nuclear 0
Solar photovoltaic 0.08
Wind 7.10
Other (please specify and explain below) 9.47

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

Data is from Rocky Mountain Power, the utility that supplies electricity to the University. This profile does not include power generated on campus. The U of U installed a combined heat and power plant in 2008 that provides 6 megawatts (MW) of power. There is also about 1.5 MW of distributed solar directly on campus, and another 2 MW under contract for three projects on the university’s Research Park.


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

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:
32.97

SOURCES

Electricity use by Source data from Rocky Mountain Power “energy resource mix” (2015) based on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Form 1 data

RESOURCES

Red Goes for Green Energy. Sustainable Utah [blog] (May 21, 2015)
URL: https://sustainableutah.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/red-goes-for-green-energy/

Wood, Benjamin. "University of Utah Recognized for use of Green Energy." The Salt Lake Tribune, Jun 06, 2015.

University of Utah’s Green Efforts are Lauded by EPA, U Moves to #3 in Nation for Green Power on Campus. U News Center (May 2, 2011).
URL: http://archive.unews.utah.edu/news_releases/university-of-utahs-green-efforts-are-lauded-by-epa-others/

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