Purdue Power Plant Changes Near Final Approval By State

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A $33 million plan to cut coal use and improve power across Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus is nearing final approval from the state.

Purdue is preparing to revamp the Wade Utility Plant and shift toward natural gas as its main fuel source as part of a long-term energy plan — though it could be a year before the project ramps up.

The State Budget Committee last week approved the funds to install a new combined heat and power unit, convert an existing coal boiler to natural gas and improve steam distribution on the north end of campus.

“Officials are responsibly using this opportunity to reduce the college’s environmental footprint while providing top-notch facilities for students,” said Sen. Brandt Hershman, District 7, a member of the committee.

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