Department of Energy Meets Secretarial Renewable Energy Goal

November 14, 2005

The Department of Energy (DOE) has met a goal, established by the Secretary of Energy, of using the equivalent of 3% of its facilities' electrical usage from non-hydro renewable energy sources. The Western Area Power Administration's (Western) recent purchase of renewable energy credits combined with other DOE renewable energy purchases and on-site renewable energy projects resulted in meeting the Secretarial Goal.

Especially notable efforts have been made by the DOE headquarters in Washington DC , the Germantown , Md. facility, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Western, which are purchasing 100% renewable power for their facilities. Additionally, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and DOE Hanford in Washington State are purchasing 15% non-hydro renewables for their facilities through the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

Other DOE facilities which have contributed significantly to achieving the Secretarial goal for renewable energy are:

  • Department of Energy Pantex
  • Kansas City Plant
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Sandia National Laboratory
  • Stanford Linear Accelerator
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve
  • Trinity Site
  • West Valley Demonstration Project

The renewable energy purchased by Departmental facilities includes geothermal, wind, and biomass electric generation. Additionally, departmental facilities have on-site solar PV, solar thermal, wind generation and geothermal heat pumps. The Department also uses biodiesel (B-100) and ethanol (E-85). Total non-hydro renewable energy use at DOE now exceeds 150 giga-watt hours, or enough to power about 30 large office buildings (20-25 stories) for a year.