Skidmore College To Reduce Carbon Footprint With "Mini Hydro" Power

Oct 15, 2014

Skidmore College has entered a new agreement to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through hydroelectric power.

Skidmore has entered a 20-year operating agreement with company Gravity Renewables and National Grid to meet 18 percent of its energy needs with power generated at the historic Chittenden Falls Hydroelectric Facility in Columbia County, 60 miles away.

Gravity Renewables CEO Ted Rose said “mini-hydro” reutilizes existing decommissioned dams in New York and could change the way electricity is generated.

“For consumers like Skidmore College, they can be an incredibly meaningful source of electricity.”

Earlier this month, Skidmore completed a solar array to generate 12 percent of its energy needs.