Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
Ypsilanti Township desires to be a good steward to the environment it serves. The goal is to reduce the carbon footprint left behind from the use of electricity consumed in Township owned facilities and to continue to support the Township’s owned and operated renewable energy project.
Under Public Act 295 of 2008, qualified facilities also create Renewable Energy Credits (REC) that can be used towards state compliance requirements or voluntary efforts. The Hydro Station retains 20% of the RECs it creates and then applies them to the Township's goal to reduce the carbon footprint from the consumption of the electricity at the Township's larger facilities.
|Year||Total Usage||RECs Applied||% From Renewable|
|2015||1,180.6 MWh||1,185 RECs||100%|
|2016||1,250.5 MWh||1,286 RECs||100%|
|2017||1,505.7 MWh||1,524 RECs||100%|
|2018||1,280.5 MWh||1,290 RECs||100%|
|2019||1,016.9 MWh||1,027 RECs||100%|
|2020||1,157.7 MWh||1,169 RECs||100%|
Within the Township's goal, 17 facilities were included to help avoid adding to the global carbon footprint. Hydro RECs have a low carbon footprint over coal and oil generation, thus helping to avoid CO2 emissions.
|2015||1,905,992 lbs**, that equal to driving a vehicle 3,805 less miles***|
|2016||2,018,802 lbs**, that equal to driving a vehicle 4,150 less miles***|
|2017||2,430,822 lbs**, that equal to driving a vehicle 4,583 less miles***|
|2018||2,067,233 lbs**, that equal to driving a vehicle 4,127 less miles***|
|2019||1,334,702 lbs**, that equal to driving a vehicle 2,664 less miles***|
|2020||1,519,493 lbs**, that equal to driving a vehicle 3,033 less miles***|
*** Estimated 21.6 average fuel mileage,11,321 lbs CO2 per gallon of gasoline