Renewable energy

Facility Executive Operating coal-free by 2025

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced in February 2017 that the university campus will be coal-free by 2025. The University of Iowa Power Plant will increase its use of biomass and other renewable energy sources to meet this goal.

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UI announces it will be coal-free by 2025

UI Power Plant will increase its use of biomass and other renewable energy sources to meet its goal
The University of Iowa will divest fully from coal as a campus energy source by 2025. UI officials, led by President Harreld, announced the goal, which will come from the university increasing its use of biomass and other renewable energy sources.
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University of Iowa and Iowa DNR announce landmark agreement

UI reaffirms commitment to sustainability
The University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reached a landmark agreement on Tuesday, April 12, that will help advance the UI’s renewable-energy goals while continuing to protect Iowa’s air quality.
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Bravo to biomass

UI study shows using oat hulls for power has considerable benefits to the environment and human health
A new University of Iowa study, published in the journal “Fuel,” documents that biomass burning has positive environmental and public-health effects. Co-firing oat hulls with coal reduced emissions of carbon dioxide, particulate matter, and heavy metals compared with burning coal alone.

Glory to the grass

UI wins governor's award for initiative to use grass type as renewable energy source
The University of Iowa has been recognized by the Iowa governor’s office for an initiative to use a locally available grass as a renewable energy source. The UI’s use of the grass, called Giant Miscanthus, is part of its goal of achieving 40 percent renewable energy consumption by 2020.

KGAN UI grows closer to energy goal

On Wednesday, the UI Office of Sustainability took one small step closer to its goal of sourcing 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by planting 15 acres of biomass fuel: a plant called miscanthus.

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The Gazette Iowa prepares for surge of ash wood

As ash trees are dying due to infestation with emerald ash borer, the UI is burning the trees in the boilers that generate the steam that heats and cools campus buildings, which will help the university reach its goal of generating 40 percent of its energy through renewable sources by 2020.

UI enters era of biomass expansion

Locally sourced wood chips newest addition to UI biomass fuel portfolio
The University of Iowa will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its award-winning oat hulls project later this fall, and what better way to mark the occasion than to introduce a new source of alternative energy?

UI receives STARS gold rating for sustainability achievements

The University of Iowa has received a STARS gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Engineering Excellence

Biomass system at UI Research Park wins award
A project that replaced an existing gas boiler with a new biomass boiler in the Oakdale Renewable Energy Plant, located on the University of Iowa Research Park campus, has won the Grand Place Award (first place in category) in the Energy Production Category of the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.