Applaud Ohio State University for Use of Renewable Wind Energy

Target: Governor of Ohio, John R. Kasich

Goal: Applaud Ohio State University for committing to a 20-year wind power agreement to power their campus in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly fashion.

In October 2012, Ohio State University entered into a 20-year power agreement with Ohio’s largest commercial wind farm to purchase 50MW of energy per year. The University’s action will help it to save approximately $1 million annually on energy, while contributing to a cleaner, healthier environment. Applaud Ohio State for its efforts to power its campus sustainably, setting an example for other universities.

Blue Creek Wind Farm, the biggest in the state, consists of 152 wind turbines located in Van Wert and Paulding counties. A single megawatt of energy can power about 300 typical homes. OSU‘s purchase of 50MW will provide emissions-free power to about one quarter of the entire Columbus campus. The university has a goal of becoming carbon-neutral and this new contract pushes them closer to that achievement. OSU already employs over 400 researchers on energy issues, and has been interested in renewable energy for a long time. Cost was an obstacle until now, said Scott Potter, the university’s senior energy adviser. “We were willing to pay a premium for clean energy, but we still had to be good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars.”

The agreement is also highly beneficial to Blue Creek and its owner Iberdrola Renewables. Barrett Stambler, a vice president with Iberdrola Renewables, said, “This is the largest university purchase of wind power in our company’s history, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.” In a unique provision of the contract, OSU researchers will have access to data from the Blue Creek Farm, and to Iberdrola market data. The entire capacity of the Blue Creek farm is 304MW. Its 152 Gamesa G2 2MW turbines each stand 100 meters tall, and are manufactured primarily in Pennsylvania. The project generates enough clean energy to power about 76,000 homes annually.

This power agreement by OSU is helpful to everyone. The university will save millions over the course of its contract. Its researchers will have unprecedented access to data and materials to help further the cause of renewable energy. Hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions will be avoided every year by the use of the sustainable wind power. Iberdrola Renewables has filled its largest university contract and will have the capital to continue investing in new wind projects. Sign this petition to ask Ohio Governor John R. Kasich to applaud Ohio State University for its environmentally conscious actions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Kasich,

Ohio State University in October 2012 entered into a 20 year power agreement with Blue Creek Wind Farm, the largest commercial wind operation in the state. Under the contract, Iberdrola Renewables, the owner of Blue Creek, will provide OSU with 50MW of clean emissions-free power annually. This will help the university save $1 million per year on its energy costs, while avoiding the emission of billions of pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.

Another unique term of the agreement states that OSU’s renewable research department of over 400 employees will have access to data from the Blue Creek Farm, and to Iberdrola’s market data, to help their efforts in furthering the cause of green energy. This is a win-win situation. OSU saves money. Iberdrola has the capital to continue investing in more sustainable projects. And of course the environment is protected. I urge you to applaud Ohio State University for helping all this to come about by committing to the energy contract.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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