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May 07, 2003

EPA Buys 100 Percent Wind Power for Its New York City Office

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Earth Day, April 23rd, that its Region 2 office in New York City is switching to 100 percent wind power. For the next year, the EPA office is buying 6.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity from the Fenner Wind Power Project in New York's Madison County. That's the largest federal purchase of wind power in New York State. Nationally, 10 percent of the electricity used by EPA comes from renewable sources. See the EPA press release.

The EPA even has a new way to find out the benefit of its purchase in terms of power-plant emissions, thanks to...well, the EPA. The EPA's new "Power Profiler" uses your area code to zero in on your likely power supplier, and then graphically displays your region's fuel mix and resultant emissions, compared to U.S. national averages. Based on your actual electricity use, it will then calculate the emissions due to your electricity use-or, if you switch to a clean energy source, the emissions avoided by doing so. See the EPA's Power Profiler.

Federal agencies in much of the West may find it easier to purchase green power, thanks to a new program offered by the Western Area Power Administration. Western can now buy renewable energy for federal agencies within its 15-state service area, whether the agency is an existing power customer for Western or not. See the Western press release and Web site.

Green power continues to make news around the country. Moab, Utah, is very near to becoming a "Blue Sky Community" by signing up 5 percent of its customers to PacifiCorp's "Blue Sky" renewable power program. PacifiCorp recently cut its green power premium from $2.95 per 100 kilowatt-hours down to just $1.95, thanks in part to the reduced cost of renewable power. In Texas, 57 Kinko's locations signed up with Strategic Energy for a total of 1.6 million kilowatt-hours of green power each year. See the PacifiCorp and Strategic Energy press releases.