April 2011 - The Big Ten conference surpassed the Ivy League conference as the top athletic conference in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) College and University Green Power Challenge. The Big Ten purchased more than 256 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.
The University of Pennsylvania continues to be the top individual school in the green power challenge, by purchasing approximately 200 million kWh, equivalent to nearly half of the university's electricity needs. The 69 institutions competing in the challenge collectively purchase more than 1.5 billion kWh of green power annually.
News Release – EPA Recognizes Leaders in College and University Green Power Challenge
Contacts: Stacy Kika, 202-564-0906 | Cathy Milbourn, 202-564-7849
April 2009 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Ivy League as the winner in the 2008-09 College & University Green Power Challenge, which tracks green power purchasing across collegiate athletic conferences. The Ivy League, led by the University of Pennsylvania, purchased an annual total of more than 225 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power.
The 2008-09 Challenge included 44 competing institutions representing 22 different conferences nationwide. The total cumulative annual purchasing through the 2008-09 Challenge exceeded 1 billion kWh. The University of Pennsylvania purchased nearly 193 million kWh of green power, followed by New York University with 132 million kWh, and Penn State with 83.6 million kWh. The Ivy League’s 2008-09 win marks the third in a row for the Conference.
To be eligible, each school in participating conferences must qualify as an EPA Green Power partner in the EPA Green Power Partnership, and each conference must collectively purchase at least 10 million kWh of green power.
Press Release - EPA Recognizes Colleges and Universities in the Green Power Challenge
EPA Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-4355 x-7819
January 2007 - Penn State University will purchase green power to meet 20% of its electrical energy needs for the next five years, up from its previous commitment of 5%. Under a new set of contracts, the university will purchase 83.6 million kWh of green power annually, including Pennsylvania-based wind energy from Community Energy, Inc., national wind and biomass energy from 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees), and low-impact certified hydroelectric power from Sterling Planet, Inc. The university was able to increase its green power purchases by negotiating a lower average purchase price; the new contracts carry an average price of 0.5¢/kWh compared to 1.4¢/kWh under its previous wind energy contract.
News Release - University Awards Environmentally Friendly Energy Contracts to Enhance Existing Green Initiatives
April 2005 - The Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy (PCIEP), in partnership with wind energy marketer Community Energy, Inc. (CEI), announced that nine Pennsylvania-based colleges and universities have increased their wind energy purchase commitments. To date, 34 PCIEP members are collectively purchasing 92.2 million kWh of wind energy, which constitutes the largest non-governmental aggregated commitment to wind power in the United States.
Schools that have recently increased their purchases as part of the Consortium's "Getting to 10% Wind" campaign include: Eastern University, which now purchases wind energy equivalent to 32% of its electricity usage, Dickinson College (12%), the University of Pennsylvania (10%), Juniata College (10%), Allegheny College (10%), Chatham College (10%), Duquesne University (10%), Keystone College (10%), and Mercyhurst College (10%).
Other schools purchasing wind energy include Drexel University (8%), Franklin & Marshall College (7%), Carnegie Mellon University (6%), Gettysburg College (5%), and Penn State University (5%).
News Release - Pennsylvania Colleges & Universities Increase Wind Energy Commitment
CEI Contact: John Halley (312) 296-4199
PA DEP Contact: Kurt Knauss (717) 787-1323
October 2001 - Community Energy, Inc. announced that three universities, a water company, and a supermarket chain together have subscribed three-fourths of the output of two Pennsylvania wind farms constructed to serve the state's competitive electricity market.
The two new wind farms in Mill Run and Somerset represent a combined 24 megawatts (MW) of power capacity and will generate approximately 63 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, enough energy to supply more than 8,000 average Pennsylvania homes.
Among the customers, the University of Pennsylvania has agreed to purchase 20 million kWh annually for three years, while Penn State University will purchase 13.2 million kWh for each of the next five years. Participating customers pay a premium of around 2¢/kWh for the wind energy.
News Release - University of Pennsylvania Announces Largest Wind Energy Purchase In The Nation - To Supply 5 Percent Of University's Annual Need
News Article - Somerset, Fayette counties home to largest wind power project in East
Community Energy Contact: Brent Alderfer (610) 254-9784