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School plans switch to wind powered energy

Abigail Salzhauer

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Starting next December, the school will be making the switch to wind powered energy.
“Over the course of the past decade, we spent quite a bit of time looking at how best to move our physical plant needs toward a greener footprint. The possibility of wind power has been on our list for quite some time,” Head of the School Dr. Tom Kelly said.
The school’s facilities manager Gordon Jensen said that switching to wind power is something that he has wanted to do since he started at the school in 2014. Due to the contract with Constellation Energy, he could not immediately switch.
“I had to wait for that to finish because the [contract] as I say was pricey. This time around it only costs a few thousand dollars more and in the grand scheme of things I mean it’s the right thing to do for the environment,” Jensen said. While the school is paying a small amount more for green energy, it actually saves the school money due to the fact that the new contract costs less than the fossil fuel contract from before, Jensen said.
The school created a new contract with Constellation Energy, which has wind mills in the South and will supply the school with energy.
The school has also incorporated solar panels into the new construction. This was not initially a part of the project, but it is an initiative that the school is committed to down the road, Jensen said.
When making the choice to buy the renewable energy credits, which are proof that one megawatt hour of energy was produced from a renewable source, for next December already, Jensen took the low prices into account which motivated him to buy them now.
Jensen previously worked at The Spence School in Manhattan and also implemented renewable energy there. All of the facilities directors from the schools in that area meet monthly in a group that Jensen played a role in starting twenty years ago.
While we are not currently on the list, after implementing these changes, the school will place fifth on the EPA Green Power Partnership’s Top K-12 Schools. This list is published once every quarter states that it “represents the largest green power users among K-12 school partners within the Green Power Partnership.”
Some other schools in the area listed on the EPA’s list include Dwight-Englewood, Brearly, Grace Church, and Nightingale.
The switch to green energy will be easy, and the environmental impacts outweigh the cost Jensen said.

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