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Green Power Partnership

GPP Webinar: Long-Term Power Purchasing of Wind Power

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 Presentations

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