Google and OSU to be Powered by Wind Energy in Oklahoma

published: 2011-12-07 15:19 | editor: | category: News

OG&E and Oklahoma State University recently announced an agreement to provide wind power to the Stillwater campus. If the 20-year agreement is approved by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, OSU will be powered by OG&E wind power.

"As a land-grant university, we have a historic responsibility to lead the way when it comes to using our natural resources wisely and efficiently," said Burns Hargis, president of OSU. "The signing of this agreement with OG&E is part of our overarching sustainability initiative aimed at saving money, reducing carbon emissions and improving efficiency."

Over the term of the contract, OSU plans to use wind energy provided by OG&E to phase out its existing 62-year-old on-campus cogeneration facility and construct a new, more efficient boiler/chiller plant.

As a result of the agreement between OSU and OG&E, OG&E will contract with NextEra Energy to build a 60-megawatt wind farm near Blackwell, Oklahoma.

Wind energy in Oklahoma is also used to power one of Google's data center, reported The Oklahoman.

The news source said Google struck a 20-year power purchase agreement with NextEra to receive wind energy from The Minco II wind farm in Grady and Caddo counties, which recently became operational. 

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