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July 27, 2009

UI makes EPA Top 20 list of on-site green power users

epa logoThe University of Iowa has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the Top 20 On-site Green Power Users, with a rank of 15th in the nation.

The Top 20 On-site Green Power Users List, which debuted today (Monday, July 27), is one of nine top partner lists that the EPA releases quarterly to highlight some of America's largest green power users. All of EPA's Top Partner Lists are available at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/.

"EPA commends our leading partners for their continued commitment to protecting the environment by using green power," said Kathleen Hogan, director of the Climate Protection Partnerships Division at EPA. "By supporting green power, the University of Iowa is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy technologies, and contributing to a clean energy future."

The UI's on-site power plant uses oat hulls to generate nearly 9 million kilowatt-hours of biomass power annually, equivalent to 3 percent of its electricity use and enough energy to power almost 900 average American homes annually. The carbon dioxide emissions saved by burning oat hulls in place of coal is equivalent to taking 1,200 passenger vehicles off the road each year.

"We were surprised and honored to have been recognized by the EPA for our renewable fuel initiative," said Ferman Milster, associate director of utilities and energy management at the UI.

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources.

The UI became an EPA Green Power Partner in 2007. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The partnership currently has more than 1,100 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower and http://energy.uiowa.edu/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Liz Christiansen, UI Office of Sustainability, 319-335-5516, liz-christiansen@uiowa.edu; Ferman Milster, UI Facilities Management, 319-335-5132; ferman-milster@uiowa.edu; Allison Bellins, U.S. EPA, 202-343-9526, bellins.allison@epa.gov; George McCrory, UI News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu