November 2009 - Harvard University reached an agreement with First Wind to purchase half of the power and associated renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by the Stetson Wind II project near Danforth, Maine. The project will use 17 General Electric, 1.5 MW turbines. Harvard's purchase will equate to approximately 24 million kilowatt-hours per year, which represents more than 10 percent of the electricity used by Harvard's Cambridge and Allston campuses. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the purchase makes Harvard the largest purchaser of wind power by a university or college in New England.
News Release - First Wind Helps Harvard to Become Largest Institutional Buyer of Wind Power in New England
John Lamontagne, First Wind, 617-960-2888
Joshua Poupore, Harvard University, 617-495-1585
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
May 2004 - EAD Environmental, a New York-based green power marketer, announced that it will supply Harvard University and the University of Southern Maine (USM) with renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset the electricity consumption of newly constructed, energy efficient buildings. The purchases will help the universities achieve certification for their new buildings under the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. The LEED System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard developed by the USGBC to certify high-performance, sustainable buildings.
Under a two-year contract, Harvard will purchase 3.99 million kWh of Green-e certified RECs from landfill gas generating projects, which is equivalent to 150% of the electricity needed to power the new Graduate Student Housing building. Under a separate two-year contract, USM will purchase 1.5 million kWh of Green-e certified RECs from wind energy facilities to offset the electricity needs of a new campus building for which it is seeking LEED certification.
Harvard Contact: Margot Rabinowitz, 617-496-2599
EAD Environmental Contact:
Samantha Unger, 212-806-0207;
Micah Cogen, 866-323-4733