OSU regents approve construction of new central plant

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State University Board of Regents has authorized construction of a new central power plant at OSU's Stillwater campus.

Regents on Friday selected Flintco of Tulsa to serve as the construction manager for a new central thermal plant and associated distribution facility. It will replace the current power plant, which was built in 1948 and cannot meet the needs of the growing campus.

The estimated cost of the new plant is $75 million and will be funded through ongoing utility operations. The new facility will provide the steam and chilled water necessary to heat and cool the Stillwater campus.

The facility will not produce electricity. The Cowboy Windfarm has supplied 70 percent of power to OSU's campus since 2013 and the remaining electricity is supplied from conventional power sources.

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