The University of Oklahoma (OU) has signed a wind power agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. (OG&E). With this agreement, OU will rank among the nation's top renewable-energy-purchasing universities to commit to 100% renewable energy.
‘OU is proud to become a national role model for responsible stewardship of the environment,’ says OU President David L. Boren.
OU is achieving the environmental benefits associated with wind energy by supporting the development of a new 100 MW wind farm to be constructed by OG&E near Woodward, Okla. OU also received naming rights for the wind farm and has decided to call it OU Spirit.
The wind farm will provide increasing amounts of renewable energy to OU's Norman campus beginning with wind power from OG&E's existing wind farms in 2008, and expanding with wind power from the new facility when it begins production in 2010.
To further support OU's commitment, OG&E will establish internships and scholarships for OU students whose studies are focused on renewable energy, as well as support campus events focusing on renewable energy.
The agreement between OG&E and OU is subject to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission giving approval to OG&E to recover costs associated with building the planned wind farm and a new transmission line under development between Woodward and Oklahoma City.
SOURCE: OGE Energy Corp.