Pennsylvania’s Higher Education in Wind

Eight Pennsylvania colleges and universities have announced their ongoing commitment to the environment by purchasing wind-generated electricity from new Pennsylvania wind farms.

LANCASTER, Pennsylvania – April 26, 2002 [] This brings the total number of that state’s colleges and universities buying wind power to 25, the most of any state in the country. Allegheny College, Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gannon University, Gettysburg College, Juniata College, and Swarthmore College have joined Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the State System of Higher Education in the ranks of Pennsylvania colleges and universities that have led the way on wind power purchases, by purchasing a portion of their electricity from newly developed wind power projects in the southwestern part of the state. Carnegie Mellon University, whose purchase of wind power in the spring of 2001 helped set an example for others to follow, announced it will expand its historic commitment to wind power. Penn State University also announced it will purchase the output of an additional wind turbine this year. In 2001, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University made the three largest retail wind energy purchases in the US, each for 5 percent of their electric usage. Community Energy, Inc. (CEI), the wind power marketer, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy (PCIEP), an organization comprised of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, along with 41 Pennsylvania colleges and universities, announced the sales recently. The PCIEP is dedicated to helping higher education assume its responsibilities in solving the enormous environmental and sustainable development challenges in the 21st Century. “Pennsylvania is a leader in the generation, sale and consumption of wind-generated electricity,” said Secretary of the DEP, David E. Hess. “The expanding commitment of our colleges and universities is just another example of how the Commonwealth is committed to cleaner, greener energy.” “These schools are the leaders,” said Brent Alderfer, President of CEI, “By paying a small premium for fuel-free, smoke-free, homegrown wind power, they set the example for everyone in the nation.”
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