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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.

Speakers Included:

  • 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, 717K)
  • Brian Ellis, Director of Facilities Management, University of Oklahoma
    Presentation (PDF) (12 pp, 596K)
  • James Rosner, Utilities Director, Oklahoma State University
    Presentation (PDF) (12 pp, 877K)

To request an audio recording of the webinar, send an email to Mollie Lemon (lemon.mollie@epa.gov).

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