Tuesday, April 9, 2013
1:00-2:00 p.m. (EDT)
EPA's Green Power Partnership (GPP)
On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (EDT), EPA's 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 (one to three 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.
Speaker PresentationsYou will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
- Blaine Collison, Program Director, EPA's Green Power Partnership (PDF)(11 pp, 2 MB)
- Aparna Dial, University Director, Energy Services and Sustainability, The Ohio State University (PDF)(13 pp, 734 K)
- Brian Ellis, Director of Facilities Management, University of Oklahoma (PDF)(13 pp, 610 K)
- James Rosner, Utilities Director, Oklahoma State University (PDF)(12 pp, 898 K)