February 2006 - The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay will purchase renewable energy to meet 10% of campus electricity needs over the next four years. Under an agreement with Wisconsin Public Service, the university will purchase about 1.8 million kWh of green power annually through the utility's NatureWise program at an extra cost of 1¢/kWh. In January, students voted to pay $1.69 more per semester to cover the cost, making UW Green Bay the first school in Wisconsin to fund the purchase of green energy through a voluntary increase in student fees. As a result of the student initiative, campus administrators will provide a matching amount of funding for energy conservation and energy efficiency upgrades on the campus.
On January 1, Wisconsin Public Service dropped the NatureWise premium for its Wisconsin customers from 1.86¢/kWh to 1¢/kWh primarily because of lower renewable energy purchase costs. The green power premium is calculated as the difference between the cost of the renewable energy sources used to supply the program and the utility's marginal energy cost, plus program administration costs.
News Release - UW Green Bay Students Vote "Yes" for Green Energy
News Article - UWGB Embraces Renewable Energy: Naturewise Program to Provide 10% of Power
UW-Green Bay Contact: Michelle Eis (920) 860-0417
Wisconsin Public Service Contact: Chip Bircher (920) 433-5518