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.
OU Spirit Wind Farm was commissioned in 2010 and features 44 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. The wind farm generates 101 megawatts, which is enough electricity to serve about 25,000 homes. Beginning in January 2013, one hundred percent of the University of Oklahoma's purchased power comes from wind energy.