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Where does UC Davis get its electricity?

Views: 2016 Created: 06/01/2011 01:03 pm Last Updated: 06/01/2011 01:03 pm 0 Rating/ Voters

UC Davis owns and operates its own electrical substation, which gives us the ability to purchase power from suppliers of our choosing. We are connected to PG&E transmission mains, and we pay them a fee for transmission. Currently, UC Davis has contracts with the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to supply energy to campus.  WAPA is a federal agency within the Department of Energy that is charged with operating the Central Valley Project, which generates electricity using large-scale hydro facilities.  UC Davis receives 1.2% of the total power available from the Project, which varies considerably from year to year.  The effective price for the hydro power is extremely low, averaging less than 2 cents/kwh.  In recent years, this hydro power has provided 12-30% of the total power used at UC Davis.  This contract remains in effect until the end of 2024.  The balance of the power used by the campus is also supplied by WAPA under a separate contract.  That electricity can be considered market-rate, mostly non-renewable, power.

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