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The State of Renewables in Higher Education. Co-convened by U.S . EPA’s Green Power Partnership and Second Nature. Kickoff Webcast November 29, 2012 2:00 – 3:00 p.m . EST. What is Green Power?.

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The state of renewables in higher education

The State of Renewables in Higher Education

Co-convened by U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership and Second Nature

Kickoff Webcast

November 29, 2012

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST


The state of renewables in higher education

What is Green Power?

  • Electricity generated from natural resources that replenish themselves over short periods of time, including the sun, wind, moving water, organic plant and waste material (biomass), and the Earth’s heat (geothermal).

Biogas

Biomass

Small-Hydro

Geothermal

Solar

Wind


The state of renewables in higher education

Green Power Procurement Options

  • Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

    • The environmental “attributes” of electricity generated from renewable resources (1 REC = 1 MWh)

    • Attributes are based on the generation technology type and age, geographic location, and time of generation

    • Does not include the underlying electrons – “unbundled”

    • a.k.a. Green Tags, Renewable Energy Credits

  • Green Power Electricity Products

    • Green power offered by utility suppliers that is all, or partially, generated from renewable sources

    • “Bundled” product that includes both the RECs as well as the underlying electrons

  • On-site Generation

    • Install a renewable energy system on-site (e.g. solar panels, wind turbine)

    • Produces both electricity and RECs from the on-site source

    • Self-financed installation or via a third-party PPA

    • To claim “use” of green power, host needs REC ownership


Green power reduces scope 2 ghgs

Green Power Reduces Scope 2 GHGs

Source: GHG Protocol


The state of renewables in higher education

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

  • Long-term REC contracts with credit-worthy counter parties can help finance new renewable projects

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Purchasing recs

Purchasing RECs

http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/markets/certificates.shtml?page=1


The state of renewables in higher education

U.S. Markets for Green Power

Comparison of Compliance and Voluntary Sales

  • Compliance markets are driven by state renewable portfolio standards (RPS), which require utilities to procure renewables for a portion of their electricity supplies.

  • Voluntary markets provide residential and commercial end-users with the option to purchase renewable energy for a portion or all of their electricity needs. This market is driven largely by an interest in using cleaner and more sustainable sources of electricity.

Residential and Nonresidential Voluntary Sales

Estimated Voluntary Sales by Product Type

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Source: Status and Trends in U.S. Compliance and Voluntary Renewable Energy Certificate Markets, NREL, 2011


Purchasing from your utility

Purchasing From Your Utility


Purchasing from your utility1

Purchasing From Your Utility

http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/resources/tables/topten.shtml


Does not count as green power

Does NOT Count as Green Power

“Standard Offering”(Existing Renewables from the Grid)


The state of renewables in higher education

Example: UNH’s CAP & EcoLine Project

  • 2007: UNH commits to ACUPCC and reduce its emissions 50% by 2020 and 80% by 2050

  • 2009: EcoLine project, a landfill gas-to-energy project that uses methane gas from a nearby landfill as the fuel for on-campus power plant.

  • 2009 – 2015: UNH sells RECs to help finance project

  • 2015: UNH begins retaining RECs and associated reduction in carbon footprint

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Does not count as green power1

Does NOT Count as Green Power

KwH Whose RECs Are Sold


The state of renewables in higher education

Value Proposition of Renewables for a College Campus

  • Meet environmental objectives

    • Sustainability goals

    • GHG reduction targets

    • American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

  • Manage risk

    • Reduce exposure to fossil-fuel price volatility

    • Deploys quickly & scales up easily

  • Drive economic development

    • Higher ed commitments are financeable

    • Domestic energy supply

    • New U.S. jobs

  • Enhance school brand

    • Prospective students

    • Host communities

    • Peer institutions

  • Attract & retain students

    • Sustainability and green power is a hot topic on campus

  • Incorporate green power into research initiatives & curricula

Did you know…..

- 79% of colleges and universities have conducted a GHG inventory.

- 64% of colleges and universities have made a carbon reduction commitment.

Source: 2011 College Sustainability Report Card


Some green power barriers

Some Green Power Barriers

Local/State Regulations and Policies

Scale/Demand

Economics

Perception


The state of renewables in higher education

Examples of Barriers to Renewable Energy Adoption

On-site Deployment

  • Up-front capital costs

  • Transaction cost

  • Limited site availability/quality

  • Outside of core competencies

  • System performance risks

  • Maintenance responsibilities

Green Power Purchase

  • Power/REC cost

  • Transaction cost

  • Unfamiliarity with procurement options

  • Comfort with REC concept

  • Perceived barriers

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The state of renewables in higher education

Opportunities in Green Power Space for Higher Education Institutions

Unique Properties of Higher Education Institutions …..

  • Engaged stakeholders

  • Financial stability/credit-worthiness

  • Focus on longer timeframes

  • Large geographic footprint

  • Role in civic society

  • ....Offer Unique Opportunities with Renewables

    • Large on-site renewable installations (owned or via PPA)

    • Utility-scale off-site projects

    • Collaborative purchasing

    • Student purchasing for dorm rooms

    • Development of new renewable technologies via research

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The state of renewables in higher education

Second Nature – EPA Webcast Series

  • Next Webcast:

    • Third-party Financing of Solar on College and University Campuses

    • Thursday, December 13, 2012, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST. More information at:

  • Potential Series Additions….(We want your input!)

    • Utility-scale Wind PPA: Lessons Learned

    • Using Reverse Energy Auctions to Procure Green Power

    • Purchasing Groups: Best Practices

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Want to know more

Want to Know More?

  • Basic Information

    • An overview of Green Power Partnership is available on EPA’s website www.epa.gov/greenpower

    • To learn how to enroll in the Partnership, visit:

      www.epa.gov/greenpower/documents/gpp_partnership_agreement.pdf

    • To see EPA’s Green Power Purchasing Guide, visit:www.epa.gov/greenpower/documents/purchasing_guide_for_web.pdf

    • To see EPA’s Green Power Locator, visit:

      www.epa.gov/greenpower/pubs/gplocator.htm

  • More Questions?

    • Blaine Collison, 202-343-9139, [email protected]

    • Anthony Amato (contractor), 781-674-7225, [email protected]


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