MAY 17, 2006


UCO protects environment and saves taxpayers' money through wind power

The University of Central Oklahoma is keeping the lights on throughout the entire campus with electricity produced exclusively by wind power.

As of April 1, UCO became the first major university in Oklahoma to have 100 percent of its electricity supplied by the environmentally safe energy.

“Not only is this good for the environment, we are also saving Oklahoma taxpayers’ money,” said UCO executive vice president Steve Kreidler.

UCO uses an estimated 26 million-kilowatt hours of electricity a year, and according to Kreidler, the university could save $260,000 in energy costs this year.

“Right now, because of the cost of fuel, wind power is less expensive for us, and it decreases our dependence on fossil fuels to generate the electricity we need on campus,” Kreidler said.

In October 2004, UCO entered into an agreement with Edmond Electric to have about 5 percent of its electricity generated by wind power. But today’s fuel prices have changed the university’s plans.

“Initially, our goal was to get to using around 50 percent wind or other environmentally friendly power sources,” Kreidler said. “But with the current cost of fuel and the money we can save, and the fact that we’re helping to protect Oklahoma’s environment, we just think it’s the right thing to do.”

Contact: Charles Johnson, UCO news bureau director, 1.405.974.2315