Students at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder are now purchasing enough wind-generated electricity to offset 100% of the electricity needs of the three student-run campus buildings. In the spring of 2000, students voted by a 5 to 1 margin to increase fees by $1 per semester for four years to purchase wind power, which was enough to supply about 30% of the annual buildings load. When the referendum expired in 2004, students passed new legislation calling for 100% wind power. Lower market prices for wind energy have allowed CU to increase its purchase from 2 million kWh to 8.8 million kWh annually at only a slightly higher total cost. CU is now buying its wind energy from Community Energy, Inc., with half of the wind energy supplied from a wind project located in southeast Colorado and the other half from the upper Midwest.
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