Renewable Electricity

Institutions across the Midwest are looking for ways to lower energy procurement costs while achieving renewable energy procurement goals but are challenged to meet these goals due to cost and complexity. The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) is working with Second Nature, The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and a group of higher education institutions on an initiative to enable institutions to join together in large-scale renewable electricity purchasing to achieve these economic and environmental goals. The Initiative emerged from deliberations among members of MHEC’s Environmental Sustainability Committee.

For further information, contact Rob Trembath, vice president and general counsel, at 612-677-2763, or Aaron Horn, director for policy research, at 612-677-2768.


Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership

Aggregating Higher Education Demand for Renewables: A Primer


As a first step, MHEC is hosting renewable electricity workshops for college and university staff responsible for sustainability and energy procurement. Workshops are being held at host institutions in cities throughout the Midwest.

January 11, 2018
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota

February 21, 2018
Chicago: Loyola University
Registration | Agenda

Additional dates TBD


Renewable Electricity Timeline

Learn more about the proposed timeline for MHEC's renewable electricity initiative.