Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.77
Liaison Ashley Woolman
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2016
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Western Colorado University
IC-2: Operational Characteristics

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Endowment size:
26,000,000 US/Canadian $

Total campus area:
117 Acres

IECC climate region:
Very Cold


Gross floor area of building space:
1,102,013 Gross Square Feet

Conditioned floor area:

Floor area of laboratory space:
14,477 Square Feet

Floor area of healthcare space:
1,250 Square Feet

Floor area of other energy intensive space:
42,500 Square Feet

Floor area of residential space:
576,501 Square Feet

Electricity use by source::
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 43.90
Geothermal 0
Hydro 30
Natural gas 2.10
Nuclear 5
Solar photovoltaic 0
Wind 17.60
Other (please specify and explain below) 0.60

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

Based on 2014 & 2015 #s.

.6% = landfill gas

One of our LEED buildings has a small solar PV array that generates roughly 40 kWh per day or ~ 14 MWh per year; this is not included in the #s above.

energy intensive spaces include the theater spaces and labs.

square footage determined by Facility Condition Index that is sent to State of CO every year.

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 100
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:

passive solar

- The #s above are for the City of Gunnison, and hence Western, for 2014. This mix changes slightly from year to year.
- We also have a solar array on one of our LEED buildings, but our monitoring system is not sophisticated enough to determine it's contribution to the whole; is it a small array.
- Agreement between Western and City of Gunnison: "Purchase of Renewable Energy Credits and Deliverable Wind-Generated Electrical Energy. This agreement shall have a term of three (3) years, commencing on April 1, 2013. CITY will purchase renewable energy credits from 3 Degrees Group, Inc. at a cost of$0.0012/kWh of energy produced by qualified Renewable Resources. CITY will transfer a total of 1,921,486 kWh of renewable energy credits to UNIVERSITY per year. In return UNIVERSITY will pay the CITY $2,305.78 per year, which charge shall be included within the May bill for power each year. CITY will purchase 700,000 kWh of deliverable wind-generated electrical energy from the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) per year and CITY will transfer 700,000 kWh of wind generated electrical energy per year to UNIVERSITY. In return UNIVERSITY will pay CITY $0.061/kWh or $42,700.00 per year inclusive of the cost incurred by CITY in contracting for and delivering the wind-generated electrical energy which will be billed monthly."

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