Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.18
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 12, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.07 / 4.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
Director
UW Sustainability
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
2871503 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:
369 MMBtu

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

UW Seattle's five on-site solar photovoltaic installations generate electricity at the following locations:
1. Alder Hall - 50 kW
2. Mercer Court A - 34 kW
3. IMA - 33.2 kW
4. Elm Hall - 25 kW
5. Maple Hall - 25 kW
6. Life Sciences BIPV -
7. UW Center for Urban Horticulture-Merrill Hall - 9.6 kW
8. Power Plant - 8.6 kW
9. UW Mechanical Engineering Building - 2.65 kW

Additional information about these installations can be found at these links:
http://www.seattle.gov/light/Green/greenPower/Accomplishments/uwmeb.asp
http://www.seattle.gov/light/Green/greenPower/Accomplishments/merrill.asp
http://dashboard.mckinstry.com/uw/
https://uwsolar.wordpress.com/home/
https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/pv/public_systems/hdQj334404/production/graph/months


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

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

None.


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:

None.


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:
51030 MMBtu

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

The UW Seattle campus participates in Seattle City Light’s (SCL’s) Green Up program by paying a premium on electric bills, which SCL uses to fund solar demonstration projects, and purchase RECs from new renewable energy sources that include wind, geothermal, dairy bio-gas and small hydro. In 2015, the UW paid $224,340 in premiums. As a result, SCL bought 14,956 MWh of RECs.

(NOTE: Participating in the Green Up program does not impact the UW's GHG accounting because all SCL delivered power is carbon-neutral. Any GHGs produced by non-hydro sources are offset by SCL, irrespective of the Green Up program.)


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 1
Coal 1
Geothermal 0
Hydro 88
Natural gas 1
Nuclear 5
Solar photovoltaic 0
Wind 4
Other (please specify and explain below) 0

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

Landfill Gases, Biomass, Natural Gas, Other, Petroleum and Waste
Source: http://www.seattle.gov/light/FuelMix/


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:

The quantity of electricity used for building heating can not be quantified. However, the quantity is believed to be negligible.


Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
1.79

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