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 2010 - The University of Pennsylvania topped the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2009-2010 College and University Green Power Challenge by purchasing more than 192 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power. The challenge ranks colleges and universities individually and by conference. The Ivy League was the top conference, collectively purchasing over 225 million kWh of green power. The 54 universities competing in the challenge purchased more than 1 billion kWh.
News Release - 54 Universities Compete in EPA's Green Power Challenge
Additional Information - 2009-2010 College & University Green Power Challenge
Contact: Dave Ryan (news media only), 202-564-7827, 202-564-4355
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
October 2008 - Twenty-five companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the 2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference in Denver. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.
Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to the Community of Bellingham, Washington, Cisco Systems, Intel Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, and WhiteWave Foods Company, who were named Partner of the Year. The City of Palo Alto Utilities, 3Degrees Inc., and Sterling Planet were Suppliers of the Year and AmerenUE won for New Green Power Program. Dr. Jan Hamrin, founder of the Center for Resource Solutions, received the Green Power Pioneer Award.
News Release - Utility Suppliers Earn Nation’s Top Honors for Green Power Efforts
More Information - 2008 Green Power Leadership Awards
April 2007 - Led by the University of Pennsylvania, the Ivy League conference has emerged as the national champion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) College and University Green Power Challenge for 2006-2007. Altogether, the Ivy League schools purchased 143.7 million kWh of green power with Penn purchasing 112 million kWh, or more than three-fourths of the total. The other Ivy League purchasers were Harvard University (20.5 million kWh) and Yale University (11.2 million kWh). The nation's top individual college purchaser was New York University with a 118 million kWh annual purchase.
News Release - Ivy League Takes Top Spot in Green Power Purchasing
June 2006 - The University of Pennsylvania has increased the level of its green power purchases to 112 million kWh annually, representing nearly 30% of the school's annual electricity requirements. The wind energy will be supplied by Community Energy, Inc (CEI) from wind farms across the country. In 2001, Penn agreed to a three-year purchase of 20 million kWh from CEI sourced from Pennsylvania wind farms, which at the time was the largest retail purchase of wind energy in the United States. In 2003, the initial purchase was doubled to 40 million kWh under a 10-year agreement, also with CEI. The new five-year purchase makes Penn the leading green power purchaser among the nation's colleges and universities according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.
News Release - University of Pennsylvania, Largest University Buyer of Wind Energy in the Nation, Triples Its Purchase
April 2006 - The U.S. Air Force retained its place at the top of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the "Top 25" national purchasers in the Green Power Partnership. The Air Force purchases more than one billion kWh of renewable energy annually.
Two new Partners made the list: IBM Corporation (No. 10) and Northwestern University (tie for No. 22). Other significant movement within the list includes Johnson & Johnson claiming the No. 3 spot and the University of Pennsylvania climbing to No. 8 from its previous position, tied for No. 20. Combined, the Top 25 purchases amount to 3.6 billion kWh of green power annually or approximately 73% of green power purchases made by all Partners.
Additional Information - Top 25 Partners
EPA Contact: Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004
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
April 2003 - The University of Pennsylvania announced that it has signed a new 10-year agreement to purchase 40 million kWh of wind energy annually from Community Energy, Inc. of Wayne, PA. The new agreement doubles the amount of wind energy that the university purchases to the equivalent of 10% of its annual electricity needs. The university also noted that the new purchase commitment will make it possible for Community Energy and other partners to construct a new 20-MW wind project in Pennsylvania with Penn purchasing 40% of the output.
News Release - University of Pennsylvania Doubles Its Purchase Of Wind-Generated Power to 10 Percent of Energy Need
News Article - Penn doubles wind power use
News Article - Doubling Purchase of Wind-Generated Power to 10 Percent of Penn's Energy Needs
Penn Contact: Julie McWilliams (215) 898-1422
Community Energy Contact: John Halley (215) 778-1133.
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