This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

March 19, 2003

Building Developer and Town Buy Large Amounts of Green Power

A developer of properties and a town in Pennsylvania are two of the most recent purchasers of green power-electricity produced from renewable energy sources. Their purchases demonstrate the diversity of U.S. companies and government entities that are buying green power.

The Tower Companies, a commercial and residential building developer, announced last week that it will buy 24 million kilowatt-hours of green power over 18 months, meeting between 25 and 50 percent of the electricity needs for its buildings in the Washington, D.C. area. See the Tower Companies press release.

In Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, the town commissioners approved the purchase of green power in early February. With the help of Community Energy, Inc. (CEI), the town is buying 1.4 million kilowatt-hours of wind energy over the next three years from the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in West Virginia. The purchase will meet 62 percent of the township's electricity needs, and will be paid for in part by the savings from installing energy-saving traffic lights that use light-emitting diodes (LEDs). See the CEI press release.

As a further demonstration of the diversity of green power purchasers, Staples, Inc. and The Dow Chemical Company have joined the Green Power Market Development Group, a partnership dedicated to building corporate markets for green power. Dow recently signed a contract to use landfill methane at its Dalton, Georgia, manufacturing plant, and Staples plans to buy green power for five percent of its energy needs by the end of the year.