Pennsylvania Doubles Green Power Purchase

August 30, 2006

Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell announced on August 29 the commonwealth has doubled its green electricity purchase to 20% of consumption by state agencies. Pennsylvania thus becomes the largest consumer of green electricity among all state governments. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership publishes a list of the top 25 purchases of green power in the United States.

The commonwealth modified its contract with Community Energy, Inc. to purchase 200 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, or 20% of state government’s electricity, from renewable sources such as wind and hydroelectric energy. The premium for the purchase was $0.0034 per kilowatt-hour over the standard electricity rates. The contract calls for electricity that is generated 40% from wind power and 60% from hydroelectric sources.

“By leading the way to clean, renewable sources of energy produced from indigenous resources, Pennsylvania is providing solutions to some of our nation’s most compelling problems: creating reliable sources of affordable energy; cleaning our air and waterways and cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions; improving our homeland security; and putting thousands of our citizens to work in family-supporting jobs,” Governor Rendell said.

For more information, read the governor's August 29 press release.