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Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Promote Growth of Green Power
Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are promoting green power, which is gaining momentum in the Northeast region. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced in mid-October that the state would double its purchase of green power for state facilities to 10 percent. Under four-year contracts with Community Energy Inc. and Strategic Energy LLC, the state will purchase 100,000 megawatt-hours a year from renewable sources such as wind and hydropower. However, the state also includes power from waste coal in its tally of green power sources. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) has offered to match the premiums paid by green power customers, providing up to $2.5 million annually in grants that will help develop renewable energy in the state. See the DEP and MTC press releases, and visit MTC's new Clean Energy Choice Web site.
DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) honored 19 individuals and organizations in early October with the Green Power Leadership Awards. The awards, recognizing the leading U.S. green power purchasers and suppliers, are posted on the EPA Web site.
Looking to buy green power? Check out the new "Guide to Purchasing Green Power," prepared by DOE, the EPA, CRS, and the World Resources Institute. And if you're part of a utility that's looking to sell green power, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently published the "Green Pricing Resource Guide," written by Ed and Meredith Holt. See the AWEA press release, or go directly to the guide (PDF 433 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.