The winds of change are blowing in the way the Texas A&M University System powers its campuses and agencies.
The System has signed a contract with TXU Energy to buy more than $176 million kilowatt-hours of renewable wind energy over the next four years.
Supplied by Texas wind farms, it will provide energy to eight A&M System universities, four A&M System agencies and Stephen F. Austin State University.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partnership Program, this is the largest purchase of renewable energy made by any higher learning institution in Texas and seventh in the nation.
"This quantity of renewable energy represents 15 percent of the energy purchased in the contract. It places the A&M System and Stephen F. Austin State University at the forefront of fostering renewable energy in the state of Texas, and sends a message that we intend to help lead the way nationally," according to A&M System Chancellor Michael McKinney.
The Texas A&M University System universities and agencies that took part in the contract include:
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Texas A&M International University in Laredo
Tarleton State University in Stephenville
Texas A&M Health Science Center's Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston
Prairie View A&M University's Nursing School in Houston
Texas Agricultural Extension Service (TAES), which is widespread across the state
Texas Cooperative Extension (TCE), which is widespread across the state
Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) sites in Galveston and Mesquite
Texas Forest Service, which is widespread across the state
Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, a non-A&M System university, represents about 30 percent of the total aggregated electrical load