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
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