(PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7) Drexel University announced it will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100 percent of its energy use, ensuring that 84,268 megawatt hours of electricity will be matched annually with wind energy entering the electricity grid.
This purchase will place Drexel among the top five university purchasers in the nation, according to the current Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership rankings.
The Renewable Energy Credits will be supplied by renewable energy marketer and developer Community Energy.
Compared to the average generation mix in the national electric grid, the environmental benefit from this purchase is equal to offsetting approximately 60,518 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the annual impact of which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 12,904 acres of trees or removing 11,571 passenger vehicles from the road, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator.
Drexel was recently honored by PennFuture, a leading Pennsylvania environmental advocacy organization, with a Green Power Award for leadership in energy efficiency, including deploying an energy monitoring system at the main campus.www.drexel.edu