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[s22] Sen. Alting: Budget Committee Approves Purdue Power Plant Funding Plan

STATEHOUSE (July 25, 2012) — Indiana State Budget Committee members today approved a funding plan for improvements to Purdue’s Wade Power Plant, State Sens. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) announced.

Hershman, a member of the Budget Committee, said Indiana General Assembly members met this morning at Manchester University to allocate funds to state agencies and colleges.

“Steam generated from this power plant at Purdue is the sole heating source for 13.5 million gross square feet of campus buildings,” Hershman said. “The funding approved today will allow for needed installation of a new combined heat and power unit as well as the conversion of a coal boiler to a 100- percent natural gas burner. Officials are responsibly using this opportunity to reduce the college’s environmental footprint while providing top-notch facilities for students.”

According to its website, Purdue burned approximately 178,000 tons of Indiana coal during the last fiscal year. Decommissioning one of the coal burners is part of a plan to reduce that number.

Alting said Wade Power Plant typically generates between 30 and 50 percent of the power needed for Purdue’s campus.

“Helping ensure Purdue has the means necessary to serve students in all capacities is an important part of my job as a state senator for this community,” Alting said. “I commend the Budget Committee for approving this plan, which also gives the greater Lafayette area an alternative to burning coal as a major power source for the university.”

Wade Power Plant production and distribution improvements will be funded using $33.1 million of fee replaced bond proceeds approved through state appropriations.