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April 22, 2002

DOE, Ronald Reagan Building Buy Green Power for Earth Day

DOE celebrated Earth Day on Monday by buying electricity from renewable energy sources for its headquarter buildings. DOE is buying enough green power to provide 17 percent of the electricity needs at its headquarters facilities in Washington, D.C., and in Germantown, Maryland. Pepco Energy Services will provide 6 million kilowatt-hours of green power per year to the facilities, of which 25 percent will be generated from wind energy and 75 percent will come from landfill gas. The green power purchase - enough to power 600 homes - comes at no additional net cost to DOE. See the DOE press release.

The DOE green power purchase was actually part of a larger purchase arranged by the General Services Administration (GSA). According to GSA, it will purchase a total of 24 million kilowatt-hours of green power over 17 months, of which half will go to DOE and half will go to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. GSA says the power will cost less than a penny more per kilowatt-hour than conventional power sources, amounting to an added cost of about $230,000 over the 17-month period. See the April 22nd press release on the GSA Web site.

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is home to more than 5,000 federal employees and is the largest government building in Washington, DC. It houses trade-related government agencies as well as a variety of private businesses and non-governmental organizations. See the Web site.

Earth Day also marked the first day for many Georgians to buy green power from their utility. Sixteen electric cooperatives in Georgia started offering green power to their customers on Monday. The cooperatives are currently selling a total of 8 megawatts of power produced from landfill methane gas. See the Walton Electric Membership Corporation press release.