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EPA: Ohio State U. among top purchasers of green power

Release Date: 02/01/2010
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218, cannon.phillippa@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 10-OPA009

(CHICAGO - Feb. 1, 2010) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest purchasers of green power among higher education institutions. Ohio State ranks number 17 on EPA’s Top 20 College and University list. The university purchases 18 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, enough power to meet 3 percent of the institution’s purchased electricity use. This is the equivalent of avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 2,000 passenger vehicles per year.

“Ohio State University is teaching an important lesson by changing how it purchases electricity,” said Cheryl Newton, EPA regional Air Division Director. “EPA’s Green Power Partners are raising the bar for clean, renewable energy use.”

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas and low-impact hydropower. Green power electricity generates less pollution than conventional power and produces no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The green power purchases support the development of new, renewable generation resources nationwide.

More information on EPA’s Green Power Partnership: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.

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