Ohio State signs wind energy agreement

Ohio State University has signed an agreement with a northwestern Ohio wind farm to provide enough energy to meet as much as 25 percent of the Columbus campus’ electrical needs.


The university says the 20-year purchase agreement with Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert and Paulding counties is one of the country’s largest non-utility purchases of wind power.


Ohio State says the deal will also create new opportunities for research between Ohio State and Iberdrola (EE’-ber-droh-luh) Renewables LLC, a U.S. division of Spanish energy company Iberdrola SA.


The university says the purchase is the equivalent of approximately 25 percent of the entire Columbus campus electricity load.


The agreement will also help Ohio State diversify its energy portfolio and reach a goal of becoming a carbon neutral institution.