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Currents of Collaboration
The NACUBO 2017 Annual Meeting will focus on the power of higher education and the role of the chief business officer in navigating connections and steering diverse teams toward a shared vision for the future.
Minneapolis is known for its multiple waterways and lush landscape as well as its cultural life and integral link to the global economy. From the natural power of a waterfall to the thoughtful approach to city planning, Minneapolis mirrors higher education’s ability to inspire innovation.
The NACUBO Annual Meeting equips CBOs with the education, networking opportunities, and resources to build strategic collaborations and alliances within their campus community.
Chris O’Brien, Director of Higher Education Programs at Edison Energy, will be Moderator and a presenter at the Sunday morning session:
Controlling Long-Term Energy Costs with Renewable Energy Purchase Agreements
Utilities are one of the largest non-payroll operating costs at most colleges and universities. Volatile energy commodity markets expose university utility budgets to unpredictable price fluctuations and, over time, energy costs rise. At the same time, climate and sustainability commitments have motivated many institutions to reduce their energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Power purchase agreements (PPAs) are emerging as a compelling way for campuses to address all of these concerns. Unfortunately, the renewable energy marketplace is opaque, complex, and still relatively new. Speakers will review renewable energy products and trends, outline the basic structures available in PPAs — including both smaller-scale, on-site installations and utility-scale, off-site projects — and present case studies from American University and Howard University.