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Top 20 College & University Green Power Users

January 31, 2013

The Top 20 College & University list represents the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power use of these organizations amounts to nearly 1.7 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 178,000 average American homes annually.

The Green Power Partnership works with a wide variety of leading organizations—from Fortune 500 companies to local, state and federal governments, and a growing number of colleges and universities. The following Top Partner Rankings highlight the annual green power use of leading college and university Green Power Partners within the U.S.

Using green power helps reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and supports the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. Usage amounts reflect U.S. operations only and are sourced from U.S.-based green power resources. Organizations can meet EPA Partnership requirements using any combination of three different product options: (1) Renewable Energy Certificates, (2) Onsite generation, and (3) Utility green power products.

Usage figures are based on annualized Partner contract amounts (kilowatt-hours), not calendar year totals. These rankings are updated on a quarterly schedule.


Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) GP % of Total Electricity Use* Green Power Resources Providers (listed in descending order by kWh supplied to Partner) Athletic Conference
1. University of Pennsylvania
200,194,600 48% Solar, Wind Community Energy°, On-site Generation Ivy League
2. The Ohio State University
141,000,000 24% Wind Blue Creek Wind Farm LLC Big 10
3. Carnegie Mellon University
116,015,000 100% Solar, Wind Renewable Choice Energy°, On-site Generation University Athletic Association
4. Georgetown University
113,751,000 109% Various Hess Energy Marketing° Big East
5. Oklahoma State University
110,000,000 67% Wind Oklahoma Gas & Electric Big 12
6. University of Oklahoma
97,201,680 56% Wind Oklahoma Gas & Electric Big 12
7. Oregon State University
95,005,040 100% Biogas, Biomass, Solar, Wind Bonneville Environmental Foundation°, On-site Generation Pac-12
8. University of Utah
93,374,904 31% Solar, Wind 3Degrees°, Rocky Mountain Power°, On-site Generation Pac-12
9. Drexel University
84,268,000 100% Wind Community Energy° Colonial Athletic Association
10. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
80,020,000 32% Biogas, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind Tennessee Valley Authority°, On-site Generation Southeastern Conference (SEC)
11. Northwestern University
74,311,195 30% Solar, Wind 3Degrees°, On-site Generation Big 10
12. University of Wisconsin
69,891,198 15% Wind Madison Gas & Electric, We Energies°, WPPI Energy Big 10
13. Apollo Group, Inc. / University of Phoenix
68,931,000 43% Wind NextEra Energy Resources° Numerous
14. The City University of New York
64,000,000 14% Wind New York Power Authority Numerous
15. University at Buffalo
57,750,000 26% Biogas, Solar, Wind Better World Energy, Starphire.NET°, Sterling Planet, On-site Generation Mid-American
16. American University
55,033,500 100% Solar, Wind Renewable Choice Energy°, On-site Generation Patriot League
17. Texas A&M University System
43,350,000 15% Wind Champion Energy Services Numerous
18. The Catholic University of America
43,000,000 100% Biomass, Geothermal, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind Hess Energy Marketing Landmark Conference
19. Auraria Higher Education Center
40,717,886 90% Solar, Wind Renewable Choice Energy°, On-site Generation Numerous
20. Western Washington University
40,000,000 113% Wind NextEra Energy Resources° Great Northwest Athletic Conference


*Information provided by the U.S. EPA

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