GHG Emissions, Utilities, Sourcing Renewables - April 15, 2019
University of Michigan signs PPA for 50% of campus power
The University of Michigan has committed to purchase approximately 200,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy annually beginning in 2021. The deal puts the University on track to reduce GHG emissions significantly by powering about half of the purchased electricity for the Ann Arbor campus with Michigan-sourced renewable resources.
The agreement is made possible through DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program, a voluntary renewable energy program that enables residential and commercial customers to attribute up to 100% of their energy use to Michigan-made wind and solar projects.
“Reducing the greenhouse gas footprint of electricity that U-M purchases was a key recommendation made by members of our campus community,” U-M President Mark Schlissel said. “This agreement will help us achieve our existing GHG reduction goal, and is an important step on our university’s road to carbon neutrality.”
Combined with other U-M emission reduction efforts, the renewable energy agreement will enable U-M to achieve its 2025 goal of reducing GHG emissions 25% below 2006 levels.
“U-M joins both Ford and General Motors in choosing MIGreenPower to help meet enterprise sustainability targets,” said Trevor F. Lauer, president and chief operating officer of DTE Electric. “The program is a great way for residential, business and commercial customers to reduce their carbon footprint easily and affordably.”