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Poised to burn its last load of coal, UW Oshkosh moves closer to renewable energy

By District Energy posted 03-05-2020 10:55


University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh


Workers at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Heating Plant are looking forward to days they will no longer deal with all of the work associated with piles of dusty coal that have heated the campus for more than 100 years.

UW Oshkosh and four other UW schools (Platteville, Stevens Point, Stout and Superior) are phasing out their reliance on coal as a heating source. At UWO’s Oshkosh campus, a ceremony on March 12 will mark the day the last truckload of coal is delivered.

“This is an extremely historic moment for campus,” said Brad Spanbauer, lecturer and campus sustainability officer. “We are ending our run with coal and bridging our move to renewable energy with a cleaner natural gas option.”

The move to a no-coal campus aligns with the Sustainability Office’s commitment to reducing the campus’ ecological footprint and fashioning a durable and better world through its academic mission.

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