PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Plymouth State University expects to reduce pollution and save $500,000 a year by switching its thermal energy plant from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas.

Long term, the university plans to transition to biomass fuel, but for now, it is retrofitting its oil-fired plant to natural gas. Stephen Taksar, the university vice president for finance and administration, says the conversion will produce both significant cost savings and environmental benefits.

The campus co-generation plant provides heat and hot water to 1.2 million square feet in 42 buildings.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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