Last week, I had the pleasure to attend a press conference commemorating the Cowboy Wind Farm, Oklahoma State’s latest endeavor in bringing renewable energy resources to our campus. It was, in a word, amazing.
Through partnering with OG&E, OSU is now powered by wind energy (as of January 1st). Currently, 67 percent of the campus power supply is powered by the wind farm, a fact that has gone unknown to many of the campus body.
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The best part of this initiative? Both OSU and the State of Oklahoma are now leading the nation in terms of utilizing green power resources, something this country is needing to be led down. OSU is ranked No. 5 in the list of Colleges & Universities that are the largest green power purchasers, according to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency. Additionally, Oklahoma is now No. 6 in the list of states that are utilizing the most renewable energy. Again, amazing.
As pioneers in natural gas since 2007, and now in wind energy, Oklahoma State really is an epicenter of all things green. I’m proud to say that I attend a school that is a leader in renewable energy utilization, which is something I’ve always been passionate about.
Fun fact: Using natural gas has saved OSU $22 million in energy savings since its inception in 2007. Now that natural gas is working with wind energy, those savings are sure to grow.