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The Green Power Partnership Top 30 College – University Ranking, published on January 27, 2020, lists the U in 8th place, with 49% of its energy thanks to contracts selling geothermal and solar energy. The U stands out among those cited by the use of geothermal energy. The Green Power Partnership Program – a voluntary EPA programme – encourages the use of green electricity to reduce the environmental impact of conventional electricity use. In Utah, that debate was resolved in 2016, when Governor Herbert signed Bill 244. This bill essentially exempts solar companies that offer power purchase contracts from Utah`s utility rules. Geothermal energy produces a constant « base load source » with no faults in energy production. With its classrooms, laboratories and health facilities, the University of Utah needs 24-hour electricity. In Utah, most of the electricity is generated by coal and natural gas plants. Despite technological advances, coal-fired power plants remain a major source of air pollution and emissions. If the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine, renewable energy sources such as the sun and wind do not produce electricity and energy must be supplied from other sources such as coal. For this reason, geothermal energy is an excellent complement to the wind and sun.

Chris Bensonsustainability – Energy Associate Director, Facilities Management Office: 801-414-1258 chris.benson@utah.edu While many people do not read all the fine print, an agreement (especially an agreement of legal stature such as an AAE) must always be read and understood in depth. Some liness contracts are used more than they do, and many agreements are notoriously vague, vague or opaque. Shawn Woodcommunications Specialist, University of Utah Communications Office: 801-585-9244 Mobile: 435-201-1729 shawn.wood@utah.edu Given the significant pre-cost costs for solar modules and installation, some customers would prefer to purchase their electricity only from the company that supplies the plates rather than own or bequeath the panels themselves. This scheme in other states is called the « electricity purchase contract » (AAE). Unfortunately, these AAEs are not allowed in Utah because of CSP regulations. This is partly due to the fact that the CSP considers these solar companies to be « public distribution companies », although it is not a regulated monopoly. CYRQ Energy is a developer, owner and operator of geothermal facilities in the western United States. They own and operate the Soda Lake Plant in Fallon, Nevada, which produces electricity purchased by the University of Utah. « This visionary obligation to switch to renewable energy is a valuable precedent for universities across the country, » said Nick Goodman, CEO of Cyrq Energy, the company that supplies geothermal energy to the University of Utah. « This groundbreaking project shows an important commitment to geothermal, 100% renewable and green. Cyrq Energy is proud to make these renewable energies available and to help the university achieve its goals. In the solar industry, contracts to purchase electricity, also known as PPAs, have been concluded in serthenen to reduce the financial burden of installing solar modules.

The problem is that this financial option has more drawbacks than caution. Lake Soda`s Geothermal Field is located on the northeast flank of Soda Lakes Volcano west of the city of Fallon, Nevada. The first geothermal power plant at Soda Lake was commissioned in 1987. The plant, which generates electricity for the University of Utah, is new, but uses the existing well. Compared to the original facility, technical improvements have significantly increased capacity and reduced downtime.