Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.72
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Madison
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.06 / 4.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
4719280.16 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:
119.16 MMBtu

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

Generation from a 26 kW Solar PV system installed on the roof of the Wisconsin Energy System. Generation data is metered at the inverter.


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

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:
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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:
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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:
75981 MMBtu

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

As a part of the UW System, UW-Madison's utility costs are paid by the State Department of Administration (DOA). In FY18, the DOA maintained agreements with four providers across the State to supply RECs to support ~15% of electricity purchases. The State allocates the costs of those RECS to each entity proportionally (based on total energy usage) resulting in the following REC purchases to support UW-Madison's electricity use:
- MG&E Green Power Tomorrow Program (Utility Certified Program, program expired in FY19) - 15,502,180 kWh
- We Energies Energy for Tomorrow Program (Utility Certified Program) - 6,766,703 kWh
- WPPI Energy - 15,347,159 kWh (Note: this is not reported above because it not from a utility certified program nor are they known to be certified as Green-e or equivalent)
- Wisconsin Public Service - 26,808,171 kWh (Note: this is not reported above because it not from a utility certified program nor are they known to be certified as Green-e or equivalent)

This results in a total of 22,268,883 kWh worth of RECs purchased in FY18, or 75,981 MMBtu.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
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A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:
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Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
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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:
1.61

There are a few small solar water heaters used on campus (cataloged on page 112 here: https://fpmcpla.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2017/10/Appen-4-Utilities-Master-Plan-2016-1019-low-res.pdf). These units are not individually metered so accurate data on their production is not available and not reported above.

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