NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma has increased its ranking to No. 2 on the Top 20 College and University list of the largest green power purchasers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
OU purchases nearly 154 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, enough to meet 85 percent of the organization’s electricity use. OU buys a utility green power product from Oklahoma Gas & Electric.
In addition to OU’s spot on the Top 20 College and University list, the university’s green energy use qualifies the University of Oklahoma for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that significantly exceed the EPA’s requirements.
Green Power Leadership Club members must purchase 10 times the partnership’s minimum requirement organization-wide.
Green power qualifies as electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. According to the EPA, OU’s green power purchase of nearly 154 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 23,000 passenger vehicles per year or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 16,000 average American homes annually.