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UW-Madison used about 70 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy this school year, which is roughly 15 percent of the campus’ total energy use.

UW-Madison used about 70 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy this school year, which is roughly 15 percent of the campus’ total energy use.

UW-Madison plays key role in Big Ten’s Green Power Challenge victory

Although the Big Ten is best known for its athletic and academic prowess, it’s now clear the conference is also a renewable energy powerhouse.

The Big Ten won the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016-’17 Green Power Challenge, using the most renewable energy of any participating conference. UW-Madison was a key player in the victory.

The six participating Big Ten schools used a combined 437 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy, blowing out the 35 other conferences in the challenge. UW-Madison supplied about 70 million of those kilowatt-hours of green energy, adding up to 15 percent of the campus’ total energy use.

Of the Big Ten universities in the competition, UW-Madison ranked fourth in renewable energy use, beating out the Universities of Illinois and Iowa. Northwestern used the most green power in the Big Ten—about 122 million kilowatt-hours—making up a whopping 50 percent of the campus’ total energy use.

The competition is part of the Green Power Partnership, a voluntary EPA program that encourages the use of renewable energy sources. This year, 98 colleges and universities participated.

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