UST to Build Microgrid Energy Research and Testing Center
The University of St. Thomas School of Engineering has received a $1.5 million grant from Xcel Energy to build a Microgrid Research and Testing Center. Located north of the Twin Cities, the center will study how distributed energy resources (DERs) such as wind and solar installations, interact with the main electricity grid which their power goes into.
The 1.5 acre site initially will host an array of solar panels, a wind turbine diesel generators and battery storage. It will be expandable to study other sources such as fuel cells. The St. Thomas proposal was crafted by Dr. Greg Mowry, associate professor of electrical engineering, and Dr. Don Weinkauf, dean of the School of Engineering. Read more about the project in the Newsroom story.
UST Joins EPA's Green Power Leadership Club
In January 2014, the University of St. Thomas became a member of the Green Power Leadership Club, as designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Membership in the group is defined by an organization’s use of green power. St. Thomas currently gets over 80% of its electrical power from wind power, purchased through Xcel Energy’s Windsource program. The club puts St. Thomas among such companies as Intel, Microsoft, Whole Foods and Apple as national leaders.
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UST signs Presidents Climate Commitment
President Dease announced the signing of the Presidents Climate Commitment at his 2008 Convocation Speech