U-M Soon to Run on 50% Renewable Energy - Smart Energy Decisions

Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  May 7, 2021

U-M Soon to Run on 50% Renewable Energy

The University of Michigan’s Office of Sustainability has announced that local renewable energy companies will soon provide the university with half its electricity needs. By the end of 2021, the university is projected to reduce its GHG emissions by 25% since 2011 - achieving its 2025 goal four years early. 

A major component of this success is three Michigan wind energy parks that opened in April. The university partnered with DTE Energy to build these projects, which have a combined 157 turbines with 455 MR capacity. These three farms increase DTE’s total reliance on clean energy to 1,760 MW. This partnership will help the university to lower its annual GHG emissions by over 100,000 metric tons. 

“I am very pleased that, as a result of these wind farms, the Ann Arbor campus will transition its purchased power away from carbon-intensive sources and toward local, renewable clean power,” University President Mark Schlissel said in a report from the Michigan Daily. “, “This progress aligns with many of the recommendations recently put forward by the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, and I look forward to taking additional steps to reduce the University’s greenhouse gas emissions in an innovative, scalable and financially responsible way.”

The wind farms also bring the university closer to its ultimate targets of Scope 1 and 2 carbon neutrality by 2025, and Scope 3 carbon neutrality by 2040.

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