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
July 2008 - Wisconsin's Governor Jim Doyle announced that the state has completed a renewable energy purchase of 92.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh). The state has also implemented energy efficiency measures for its buildings and reduced energy consumption by 8% since 2005.
Wisconsin's renewable energy purchase helps achieve compliance with the state's Energy Efficiency and Renewables Act, signed into law in 2006 (2005 Wis Act 141), which requires key state agencies to purchase 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2011. The renewable energy will be procured from Madison Gas and Electric, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Power Inc. The majority of the power will come from wind, solar, hydro and landfill gas sources located in Wisconsin.
The purchase represents 10% of the energy consumed by the Department of Health and Family Services, Department of Corrections, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Administration, Department of Public Instruction, the University of Wisconsin System and various other state agencies.
News Release - Governor Doyle Announces Record State Clean Energy Purchase
Contact - Brian Driscoll, 608-261-8146
May 2003 - The University of Wisconsin (UW) Oshkosh has become the first Wisconsin university to make a green power purchase commitment. At least 3% of the university's electricity needs, totaling nearly one million kilowatt-hours annually, will be provided through Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Company's NatureWise product, which is sourced from a combination of wind and biomass resources located in Wisconsin. Chancellor Richard H. Wells called the agreement with WPS "a continuation of our commitment to a 'clean' environment."
News Release - UW Oshkosh gets Green Power award May 13 in Milwaukee
UW Oshkosh Contact: Andrew Robson (920) 424-1185