University of Missouri using more alternative fuels

5 months 1 week 17 hours ago August 16, 2016 Aug 16, 2016 Tuesday, August 16 2016 Tuesday, August 16, 2016 1:53:38 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) — A University of Missouri official says the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the school's power plant has decreased 43 percent since the 2008 fiscal year.

The Columbia Missourian reports that a decreasing reliance on coal due to stricter environmental regulations has led to the plant's use of alternative fuels.

The school's assistant director of energy management, Ken Davis, says the power plant has decreased the amount of coal burned to generate electricity and steam to power, heat and cool the campus from nearly 182,000 tons to more than 48,000 tons since 2008.

The university says the power plant expects to reduce its coal consumption to 30,000 tons.

Natural gas and wood residues make up 63 percent of the fuel burned at the power plant.

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