To effectively address today’s energy and related environmental issues, partnerships are essential. In addition to collaboration among the university’s many energy and related research laboratories, Ohio State facilitates a myriad of external relationships (formal and informal, collaborative and consultative, sponsor and client) with other academic institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and Ohio-based businesses as well as national and multinational corporations. These partnerships advance our goal of positioning Ohio State as the land-grant institution leader in energy issues.
Ohio State to Power Campus with Wind Energy from Ohio Wind Farm
The Ohio State University has entered into a contract with Iberdrola Renewables to purchase 50 megawatts (MW) of wind energy capacity from the Blue Creek Wind Farm, located in Ohio’s Van Wert and Paulding counties. The purchase of clean, renewable wind energy capacity equates to approximately 25 percent of the entire Columbus campus electricity load and is one of the single largest purchases of actual renewable energy by any university in the country.
The agreement helps Ohio State take a big step toward becoming a “carbon neutral university,” a commitment the university has been working toward since University President E. Gordon Gee signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008.
In addition, the wind purchase helps Ohio State diversify its energy portfolio; allows university energy experts to prepare for the future by knowing the cost of this electricity resource for the next 20 years; and provides research opportunities and industry collaboration for faculty and students.
The university continues to develop and implement plans to achieve its sustainability goals, including the creation of a campus culture that embraces sustainability.