College Sets Standard With Green Tags

College of the Atlantic (COA) in Bar Harbor, Maine took a lead in buying clean electricity when it became the first college in Maine to make a 20-year commitment to purchasing 100 percent of its electricity through new wind electricity. COA signed two agreements, one is with Endless Energy Corporation (EEC) of Yarmouth, Maine; and the other with NativeEnergy of Charlotte, Vermont.

Bar Harbor, Maine – July 7, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] College of the Atlantic (COA) in Bar Harbor, Maine took a lead in buying clean electricity when it became the first college in Maine to make a 20-year commitment to purchasing 100 percent of its electricity through new wind electricity. COA signed two agreements, one is with Endless Energy Corporation (EEC) of Yarmouth, Maine to buy electricity generated by wind for 20 years, starting upon completion of EEC’s Redington Mountain Wind farm in 2005. Under a second agreement with NativeEnergy of Charlotte, Vermont, COA purchased renewable energy credits, or green tags, to match its electricity use until the EEC contract begins. This purchase enabled COA to help build the first Native American wind farm on the South Dakota Rosebud Sioux reservation. “Our decision to contract for new, renewable wind power for 100 percent of the college’s energy needs is a bold step, but not an unusual one for College of the Atlantic,” said Steven Katona, president of the college. “With growing evidence of impending ecological crises on a global scale, finding ways to live sustainably is ever more urgent. Meeting COA’s electrical demand with renewable wind energy is one of the ways in which the principle of sustainability guides all of our actions on campus.” John Deans, a freshman from Topsham, Maine said, “I am really excited to see COA act upon our statements surrounding sustainability. With current power generation causing such great harm to the Earth’s atmosphere, we must take renewable energy out of the arena of ethical discussion and into action. COA will prove that green power is a viable option, not merely an ideal concept.” “Once again, Maine schools are setting the standard for clean electricity,” said Erika Morgan, program manager of the Maine Green Power Connection. “While several other Maine campuses are now purchasing their electricity from clean renewable sources, COA is the first to purchase 100% of their electricity from wind. They are also the first to make a commitment to do so for more than a year or two. By committing to a 20-year contract, COA is helping to bring new wind generation to fruition in Maine. That will help ensure clearer air for all Mainers.”
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