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Large Purchasers of Green Power

Western Washington University

May 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized three Washington universities for their combined purchases of nearly 64 million kWh of green power. The three recognized universities were Western Washington University, with a purchase of 40,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), Evergreen State College, with 16,206,000 kWh, and Pacific Lutheran University, with a purchase of 7,764,660 kWh of green power. The three schools were recognized as leaders in their respective U.S. collegiate athletic conferences.

The College & University Green Power Challenge Championship is one of the EPA Green Power Partnership’s recognition programs. The partnership also separately recognizes substantial green power purchases in other sectors, including government, local communities, and Fortune 500 companies.

News Release - Washington Universities Get National Recognition for Green Energy Push at Athletic Events

Contact: Hanady Kader, 206-553-0454

October 2005 - On October 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released an updated list of its Top 25 Partners. Several new companies or organizations appear on the list, including: Safeway (with annual renewable energy purchases of 78,000 MWh); The Tower Companies (41,000 MWh); the U.S. Army/Fort Carson (40,000 MWh); Hyatt Regency Reunion & DFW Hotels (35,300 MWh); and Western Washington University (35,000 MWh). The federal government continues to be the nation's largest green power purchaser, led by the U.S. Air Force with collective annual purchases of more than 320,000 MWh. In addition, by increasing its purchases, the U.S. Department of Energy moved up twelve spots to fourth place on the list.

Additional information - List of Top 25 Green Power Purchasers

EPA Contact: Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231

June 2005 - The Western Washington University (WWU) board of trustees confirmed the university's intent to purchase 100% of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources. In spring 2004, a WWU student initiative on renewable energy passed with 84.7 percent approval. The student initiative included a maximum fee of $19 per quarter for full-time students to support a renewable energy purchase. On June 10, the board capped the student fee at $10.50 per quarter. The fee is expected to generate $355,000 per year or enough revenue to purchase approximately 35 million kWh of renewable electricity in the 2005-06 school year at a rate premium of 1¢/kWh. The green power will be purchased from Puget Sound Energy.

News Release - WWU Trustees Set Energy Fee; Western to Purchase All Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources

WWU Contact: Tim Wynn (360) 650-3496

February 2005 - In one of the largest renewable energy commitments from a college or university, the board of trustees of Western Washington University (WWU) approved a student fee that will pay for the purchase of renewable energy for nearly all of the university's electricity needs, which total about 33 million kWh annually. The trustee action follows passage of a green energy initiative by 85% of student voters in spring 2004. The board approval enables university officials to begin negotiating with Puget Sound Energy to purchase the green power, which is supplied through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The WWU purchase is expected to increase the utility's green power sales by about 50%.

News release - WWU Trustees Approve Green Energy Fee: Western Set to Become a National Leader in Renewable Energy

News Article - Western gets green light for power

WWU Contacts:
Tim Wynn, WWU Facilities Management, (360) 650-3496
Rachel Zommick, Associated Students president, (360) 650-3265


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