Green Power Partnership
|University of Pennsylvania|
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||50.9%|
|Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site)||100%|
|Awards/Recognition||Green Power Leadership Award 2002, Partner of the Year 2003, Partner of the Year 2008|
|Environmental Web Page|
The University of Pennsylvania is a member of the Green Power Leadership Club, a 2002 Green Power Leadership Award winner, and a 2003 Green Power Partner of the Year. The University became the nation's largest nongovernmental purchaser of wind power on Earth Day 2003 when it announced that it would double its wind power purchase, the highest nationally at that time, to 40 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. Penn also extended the length of its initial contract from three to ten years, becoming the wind energy industry's first customer with a 10-year renewable energy certificate contract. This purchase provided the long-term financing that made possible the construction of a new 12-turbine, 20-MW Pennsylvania wind farm. In 2008, Penn increased its renewable energy certificate purchase to over 190 million kWh, and since 2010 has purchased at least 200 million kWh of wind power annually, remaining the nation's #1 purchaser of wind power among all colleges and universities. The University is funding its historic wind power purchases with savings achieved through aggressive energy conservation and widely adopted behavior change. Over the past few years, the University reduced peak electric demand by 18 percent and its overall demand by over 5 percent compared with its 2007 baseline, despite a growth in campus area of over 2 percent.