Cornell to purchase energy from local wind power farm

Cornell University will purchase all the renewable electricity generated by the Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield, New York, according to the Cornell Chronicle.

Once the wind farm is finished, Black Oak is anticipated to provide 20 percent of Cornell University's electricity annually. The town of Enfield accepted the wind farm's environmental impact statement in November, and now the facility awaits municipal approval. The farm is New York's first community-owned wind farm, with investors purchasing shares to support the purchase and construction of the wind turbines.

Black Oak will have seven GE 1.7-megawatt wind turbines. The original plan called for the wind farm to generate 15 to 20 MW, but eventually shrank to 11.9 MW this year.

The purchase of the wind-generated energy is part of Cornell University's larger plan to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2035, Ithaca Journal reported.

"Wind is a very reliable source of renewable energy and contributes zero carbon into the atmosphere while generating electricity," KyuJung Whang, Cornell vice president for facilities service, said in the Cornell Chronicle. "As we use more wind, we reduce our dependence on carbon-produced electricity. This is a major step toward Cornell becoming a carbon neutral campus,"

More information on energy generation in New York can be found at PennEnergy Research

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