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August 14, 2002

New York Federal Building Powered by 100 Percent Wind Energy

Binghamton Federal Building in western New York State became the first federal facility to buy 100 percent wind power on August 13th. The federal contract for wind energy covers the facility's electricity usage for 34 months, beginning in July of 2002. The 30-megawatt wind farm in Fenner, New York, will produce the power, which should total about 500,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The government is purchasing the wind power from Community Energy, Inc. through an agreement with Select Energy, Inc. See the Select Energy press release.

It should be noted that the Binghamton building is not the first federal building to draw on 100 percent green power: the first was a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) building in Richmond, California, in July 1999. In fiscal year 2000, the facility bought nearly 1.9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity produced from landfill gas projects (the Binghamton building is the first to draw exclusively on wind power). See the EPA Green Power Partnership Web site.