September 2011 - The University of Utah is now purchasing more than 98 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable wind energy generation. The university's participation in Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky Renewable Energy Program is made possible through a student fee-funded sustainability program. Renewable energy is provided to the university via renewable energy credits (RECs), which are purchased through Rocky Mountain Power and 3Degrees.
The university's Office of Sustainability is encouraging students, faculty and staff to utilize renewable energy by signing up for the Blue Sky Program. Rocky Mountain Power is offering a challenge grant during the upcoming public radio fall pledge drive, allowing public radio members to enroll in Blue Sky when they make a donation to the public radio station.
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Green Power at the U Goes Big with Blue Sky Visionary Designation
July 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership announced that the University of Utah has entered its list of Top 10 College and University green power purchasers. Under a contract with Sterling Planet, the university purchases 25 million kWh of renewable energy certificates from wind projects located in the Mountain West. The purchase is equivalent to 10% of the university's total electricity use.
News Release - EPA Recognizes University of Utah as Top Green Power Purchaser
More Information - EPA List of Top 10 College and University Partners