Energy can include, but is not limited to, heat, electricity, or steam. This section also covers the use of renewable technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, or hydro or the purchase of renewable energy.  This section discusses institutional purchase, generation, or transmission of energy and power on campus, with special emphasis on measures to conserve energy usage.

New!  Feb 2018:  Primer for Aggregating Higher Education Demand for Renewables Released

More than 240 campuses are using some sort of renewable energy. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in partnership with Edison Energy developed a recently published primer publication highlighting benefits of aggregating energy demand with other institutions to achieve economies of scale when sourcing renewable energy. When both wind and solar programs can be large enough to capture economics of scale. Both options can be conducive to a consortium-style purchasing approach.

The primer describes best practices for pursuing group renewable energy aggregations structured as power purchase agreements (PPAs) and examines several completed group purchases as well as some in progress.

Read about more Operational and Sustainability Resources from the National Association of College and University Buisness Officers (NACUBO).