Seattle City Light announced that the University of Washington has committed to purchase enough renewable energy to meet 100% of its electricity needs, making it the largest purchaser of green power in Seattle. According to an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the university will buy about 18.4 million kWh of green power annually through Seattle City Light's Green Up program at an extra cost of $276,000. The utility already provides 93% of the school's power from a combination of hydropower and wind resources. The new green power purchase represents 7% of the university's 280 million kWh annual electricity need, thus bringing its total renewable energy usage to 100%.
As part of the Green Up partnership, Seattle City Light will coordinate with the university to build renewable energy projects on campus that will be installed and run by students, faculty and staff. In addition, the utility will assist the university with greenhouse gas emissions analysis and a carbon footprint inventory. The utility and the university will also work together to create student internships and research opportunities on green power issues.
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