PA Colleges, Universities Choose Wind Power

The Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy (PCIEP) in partnership with wind energy marketer Community Energy (CEI), acknowledged PCIEP member colleges and universities for increasing their commitment to Pennsylvania-based wind energy.

These nine institutions of higher education announced an increase in their purchases of wind-generated electricity for some of their energy usage. The wind purchases are part of a campaign launched by CEI and PCIEP called “Getting to 10% Wind.” The campaign encourages Pennsylvania colleges and universities to increase their existing wind energy purchases to match at least 10 percent of their total usage with wind energy. To date, 34 PCIEP members are purchasing wind energy, representing nearly half of all colleges and universities purchasing renewable energy in the nation. The universities who have signed on, and the percentage of their energy coming from wind power include: Eastern University, 32.2% Dickinson College 12.1% The University of Pennsylvania 10.4% Juniata College 10.4% Allegheny College 10% Chatham College 10% Duquesne University 10% Keystone College 10% Mercyhurst College 10% “By making commitments to wind energy, Pennsylvania colleges and universities are leading through example on important public policy questions,” Donald A. Brown, the Director of PCIEP, said. “Because the United States urgently needs to move toward greater use of renewable energy not only to reduce the threat of climate change but also to achieve energy independence, higher education in Pennsylvania is creating a path for others to follow on a matter of great national importance.” Combined PCIEP member wind energy purchases now total 92,200 MWh, or the equivalent of 23 wind turbines, constituting the largest non-governmental aggregated commitment to wind power in the U.S. The wind power mix in Pennsylvania reduces the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to planting nearly 7.5 million trees, not driving 96 million miles, or taking 15,121 cars off the road each year.

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