The Ohio State University (OSU) announced its commercial intent with the wind power supplier Iberdrola Renewables, to purchase 50 megawatts (MW) of wind energy capacity from the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Ohio.
Being one of the single largest purchases of actual renewable energy by any university in the country OSU will cover 25% of the entire campus electricity load with this agreement that is set to last 20 years.
The wind energy purchase will result in a significant improvement in Ohio State’s carbon footprint, and underscores the university’s leadership in advancing the development and use of sustainable energy.
Benefits associated with this partnership include access to important research data from the wind farm for use by a variety of multi-disciplinary research projects.
Electricity saving program back to Seattle
Electric utility Seattle City Light is focusing on the southern service areas of its territory to provide a free energy program that distributes compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Powerful Neighborhoods is designed to reach out door-to-door to seniors, non-English speaking households, low-income residents and other customers who might not have participated in energy conservation programs.
The program started in 2010 and according to the City Light Conservation Resources Director Glenn Atwood it will reduce electricity consumption by about 13 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year for the next five years and save each customer served $50 to $60 a year on their electricity bills.
Wind Power shows a positive economic impact on local communities.
According to a study, conducted by the USDA Economic Research Service, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the economic impact of wind power development focused on 1,009 counties between 2000 and 2008 shows a positive net annual increase on county-level personal income and jobs.
This is the first study to use detailed econometric methods to measure the economic development impacts of wind power installations and according to it, there is an average 0.22% increase in personal income and 0.4% employment gains.
The 12 participant states are: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, North and South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.
The study, “The Impact of Wind Development on County-Level Income and Employment: A Review of Methods and an Empirical Analysis,” can be purchased through the website of journal Energy Economics. The study is also summarized in a fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Bloomberg LP awarded with ‘WindMade’ Label
Bloomberg has become the first news organization in the world to receive the eco label, WindMade, by powering 58% of its US operations with wind energy. An additional 25% of the operation’s energy consumption is cover with biomass.
WindMade is a global consumer label for companies that use wind energy and other renewable energy sources. Bloomberg exceeded the 25% needed by the label.
The company has worked hard to reduce carbon, help set standards, buy renewable products and services and encourage disclosure and promotion of clean technologies.