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June 12, 2002

DOE Aims to Buy Nearly Five Percent Green Power by 2005, Also Plans to Advance LED Lighting

DOE intends to draw on renewable energy sources to provide at least 140 million kilowatt-hours of electricity for the department by 2005, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced on June 12th. That represents nearly 5 percent of DOE's electricity use, which totaled about 3 billion kilowatt-hours in 1999.

DOE will also help people throughout the West buy green power by offering a "green tags" program through its Western Area Power Administration, which markets federal hydropower in 15 western states. The program will allow Western's customers to support renewable energy projects by buying their environmental attributes, while the actual power from the projects will be sold into the traditional power market.

Speaking at the 13th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Secretary Abraham noted that DOE used 43.5 percent less energy in 2002 than it did in 1985, and expects to further increase its energy efficiency by 2 percent per year in the years ahead.

Secretary Abraham noted that high-efficiency lighting using solid-state light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, shows significant potential for future energy savings. To advance LED lighting technology, Secretary Abraham announced that DOE will soon formalize a new partnership with industry for the development of next-generation solid-state lighting.

See Secretary Abraham's speech.

Do you know any leaders in the green power field? Consider nominating them for the Green Power Leadership Award, sponsored by DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Center for Resource Solutions. Nominations are due June 28th. See the EPA Web site.