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OU Wind Power Agreement

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On September 10, 2008, the University signed an historic agreement with Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company (OG&E) to purchase 100% of its OG&E-supplied electricity from renewable energy sources by 2013. This commitment is instrumental in enabling OG&E to build the OU Spirit Wind Farm – along with the required distribution lines to the grid – in northwestern Oklahoma. Nearly a decade ago, OU researchers had the foresight to create the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative. Today, wind energy has the potential to create more than 15,000 new jobs and $500 million a year in property tax revenues in Oklahoma with appropriate investments in research and job training.

Representatives from Oklahoma Gas and Electric and the University of Oklahoma recently broke ground on Oklahoma's newest wind farm. The start of the 101 megawatt "OU Spirit" project marks an important milestone in OU's commitment to using 100 percent renewable energy by 2013.

OU Spirit will feature 44 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. Following foundation work this past spring, turbines are currently under construction at the site. The new wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to serve about 25,000 homes after it is commissioned for operation in 2010.