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Ohio University is an EPA Green Power Partner

Ohio University is an EPA Green Power Partner

Ohio University is a recognized EPA Green Power Partner
as a result of purchasing green power in amounts that meet EPA's requirements

 

Here in Appalachian coal country, Ohio University has taken a bold step by discontinuing use of coal in the on-site power plant and by purchasing 50% of electricity from Green-e renewable energy certificates (RECs, likely from Texas-based wind projects). 

 
This initiative has landed Ohio University the honor of being ranked #89 on the Green Power Partnership National Top 100 List, and #14 in the Top 30 College and University List!

 

As of Dec. 1, 2015, Ohio University is purchasing 60,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually. In 2010 and 2011, a committee of over 70 faculty, staff, students and community members created a Sustainability Plan which includes a goal to increase renewable energy generation and sourcing to 20% of all campus energy use by 2020. The REC purchase allows Ohio University to meet this goal by December of 2015, significantly decreases scope 2 carbon emissions, and complements the transition from coal to natural gas as a heating fuel that occurred in November 2015. Purchasing green power gives legitimacy to Ohio University’s efforts to become the most sustainable university in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). 

 

“Transitioning to 50 percent renewable electricity will enable Ohio University to exceed the goals of our 2011 Sustainability Plan and significantly reduce our carbon footprint. The shift is reflective of Ohio University’s deep and continued commitment to environmental stewardship,” said President Roderick J. McDavis

 

Ohio University is one of only three universitites in Ohio, and the only university from the Appalachian tri-state area (OH, KY and WV) on the Green Power Partner List. The institution hopes to demonstrate that even, or especially, in coal country, the switch to renewable power can be a positive step toward sustainable economies, environments and societies. By requiring green power from its electricity provider, the institution is demonstrating local demand, and encouraging the pursuit of additional renewable energy resources in the region which the institution resides.

 

The purchase of RECs is being financed through an extensive energy efficiency program, named the Energy Infrastructure Project (EIP).  One of the first steps in the EIP program was to repair leaks in the district steam tunnel system. The result of the steam tunnel project repairs was decreased fuel and water usage to the power plant.  The savings from the decreased usage financed the additional cost of the RECs. The EIP project is financed through a Century Bond program.