Green Power Partnership
Long-term Power Purchase Agreements for Wind Power: University Perspectives
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (EDT)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership
On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EDT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) hosted a webinar examining how colleges and universities can procure wind power via long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).
To date, the vast majority of colleges and universities purchasing wind power have used short-term contracts (1 – 3 years) for utility products or renewable energy certificates (RECs). Only recently have a few leading universities purchased wind via long-term (10+ years) PPAs. This webinar highlighted the experiences of The Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma in exploring long-term wind power contracts and the questions and issues that other schools investigating this procurement option should consider.
Webinar participants learned about:
- Wind PPAs, including their structure, key terms, and requirements.
- The potential for wind PPAs to reduce energy costs, hedge against price volatility, and reduce an institution's carbon footprint.
- The influence of long-term contracts on decisions by project developers to build new generation facilities, such as wind farms.
Blaine Collison, Program Director, EPA's Green Power Partnership
Presentation (PDF) (11 pp, 2 MB, About PDF)
Aparna Dial, University Director, Energy Services and Sustainability, The Ohio State University
Presentation (PDF) (13 pp,717 KB, About PDF)
Brian Ellis, Director of Facilities Management, University of Oklahoma
Presentation (PDF) (12 pp, 596 KB, About PDF)
James Rosner, Utilities Director, Oklahoma State University
Presentation (PDF) (12 pp, 877 KB, About PDF)
To request an audio recording of the webinar, send an email to Mollie Lemon (firstname.lastname@example.org).