Merkley: OIT is Pioneering the Clean Energy Economy

Klamath Falls, OR – Oregon’s
Senator Jeff Merkley’s commitment to clean energy took him to the Oregon
Institute of Technology today where he toured the school and learned about
their pioneering use of geothermal energy.

“Building a clean energy economy
is essential to our national security and our environment,” Merkley said. “We
have both the need and the opportunity to transition from fossil fuels to
renewable resources.  Oregon is lucky to have a national leader in building
the clean energy economy right here in Klamath Falls.”

Oregon Institute of Technology is
a leader in the sustainability movement.  According to the school, it has
used geothermal energy for heating since 1964 and
will be climate neutral by 2017.  It will achieve climate neutrality
through reducing energy consumption, improving building design, utilizing solar
power, and constructing a low-temperature geothermal power plant.