NYU Makes Largest Wind Power REC Purchase by a University

New York University (NYU) announced that it would purchase 118,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power renewable energy credits (RECs). Inspired by NYU’s President attending the Clinton Global Initiative, the commitment is part of the university’s concerted effort to sustain its recently unveiled NYU Green Action Plan (GAP).

“Last month, I participated in the Clinton Global Initiative conference here in New York, where global warming was a key issue under discussion,” said NYU President John Sexton. “It was a sobering dialogue, one that has caused me to think even more deeply about what role universities in general, and NYU in particular, should play in addressing the great challenges of our time, from climate change to extremist violence to poverty.” After evaluating proposals from three “green energy” partners, the University expects to go forward with an agreement to purchase wind power RECs through Community Energy, Inc., which will enable the generation and addition to the electrical grid of renewable, clean energy in an amount equivalent to that currently purchased by NYU from hydrocarbon fuel-based electricity generators. “This purchase of renewable energy, our pursuit of greater conservation, and the promise of a more sustainable campus are institutional responsibilities, consistent with our community’s values and made more relevant by the Mayor’s recent announcement of an ambitious environmental agenda for New York City,” said Dr. Michael Alfano, NYU’s executive vice president, “of which NYU wants to be a part.” “Cities and universities share an important characteristic — they are the places that draw in mankind to confront, contemplate, and address our most pressing challenges. It is in that spirit that we take this step,” Alfano added. According to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program, this is the largest purchase of wind power by any institution in New York City, and the 11th largest purchase nationally.
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