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Potential for wind power at University of Utah
Christopher Hill, a biochemistry professor at the University of Utah, recently published a great op-ed in
the Daily Utah Chronicle about the potential of wind power at his campus. Currently about 9% of the university’s grid power comes from wind turbines, but with a very small percentage of additional per-student costs, this amount could be increased dramatically:
"One hundred percent of the U’s share of grid electricity would come
from new wind sources if the ASUU [Associated Students of the University of Utah] donation were increased by $10 per
student per semester, each faculty and staff member donated $30 per
year, or the administration contributed less than 0.04 percent of total
We are especially impressed that individual departments can campaign for wind power (see the breakdown here) to cover their share of electricity needs. Many are already at 100% or more! It’s a very tangible way for campus offices to get involved on a voluntary basis, and see the results of their involvement.
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