The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), a public university with 15,500 students located in Edmond, Okla., has become the first major university in Oklahoma to use renewable energy for 100% of its power supply. The power is supplied by Edmond Electric through its pure&simple wind power program.
Under a previous agreement with the utility, UCO was purchasing wind energy for about 5% of its annual needs and had established a goal to increase the purchase level to 50%. However, because the pure&simple program provides participating customers with protection from fossil-fuel price changes, UCO upped its purchases to 100%—equivalent to 26 million kWh per year. With the wind product currently priced at 1.0¢/kWh less than base rates, UCO expects to save $260,000 in energy costs this year.
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