April 2013 - Union Station in Washington D.C. has entered into an agreement with Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) to use 100 percent renewable energy for the next three years; Union Station was previously purchasing 50 percent renewable energy from WGES. The station uses approximately 18.9 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) each year to fuel services for its 37 million annual visitors. WGES is providing the electricity through its CleanSteps WindPower program, one of three renewable energy programs the retailer offers. The electricity is primarily generated from regional wind farms in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
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Washington, D.C.'s Union Station Now Powered by 100 Percent Wind Energy Provided by Washington Gas Energy Services
February 2013 - Washington Gas and Energy Services (WGES) announced the Green-e Energy certification of its new WGES PA WindPower product being offered in Pennsylvania. The new product is sourced from 100 percent Pennsylvania wind resources and adds to the company's portfolio of renewable energy offerings. WGES has an ongoing commitment to renewable energy and was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2011 as a Green Power Supplier of the Year.
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Washington Gas Energy Services Receives Green-e Energy Certification of New WGES PA WindPower Renewable Energy Product
Contact: Jeff Swenertson, 415-561-2119
November 2011 - Twenty-nine companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Renewable Energy Markets 2011 Conference in San Francisco. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS).
EPA's Partner of the Year awards went to the Empire State Building, Google Inc., Intel Corp., Kohl's Department Stores, and Staples. Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. were honored as Communities of the Year. 3Degrees and Washington Gas Energy Services were named Non-Utility Green Power Suppliers of the Year by DOE, and DTE Energy won for Utility Green Power Program of the Year. DOE also awarded the Clean Energy Collective the Innovative Green Power Program of the Year Award. CRS presented Tennessee Valley Campus Outreach Program the award for Best Green Power Education Outreach Program, New Leaf Paper, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Villanti & Sons, Printers Inc. the award for Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser. CRS also recognized Clean Currents for the Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier and Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) as the Green Power Pioneer Award.
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Energy Department Recognizes Nation's Top Green Power Programs
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EPA Honors 19 Organizations for Leadership in Clean Energy
News Release -
Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2011 Green Power Leadership Award Winners
Additional Information -
Green Power Leadership Awards Announced November 16, 2011
May 2010 - The State of Delaware has contracted for over 800,000,000 kWh of electricity, 25 percent of which is renewable energy, using the World Energy Exchange. The 36-month contract was awarded to Washington Gas Energy Services. In addition to Delaware's renewable portfolio standards (RPS) of twenty percent by 2020, the purchase will bring the State's total percentage of clean energy to over thirty. The deal is also projected to save Delaware and its partners over $13 million.
The State's partners for the energy bid included school districts, volunteer fire companies, local governments, and higher education institutions.
News Release - State of Delaware Greens Energy Portfolio, Saves Over $13 Million on Electricity Costs with World Energy
September 2009 - Washington Gas Energy Services, a competitive supplier of electricity and natural gas to MidAtlantic business and residential customers, announced a three-year agreement with The Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center in Bethesda (MD) to supply wind-generated renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to 100% of the hotel's electricity needs through its CleanSteps program.
News Release - Washington Gas Energy Services Helps Doubletree Hotel Go Green
WGES Contact: Leah Gibbons, 703-793-7565
May 2006 - The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), a non-partisan, not-for-profit business group, has teamed with Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) and Sterling Planet, Inc. to offer businesses a green power purchase option in Maryland's competitive retail electricity market. Through WGES, businesses can buy electricity with 50% or 100% wind energy content at rates below those for standard offer service. The product is supplied by Sterling Planet using renewable energy credits (RECs) sourced from wind projects located across the nation.
News Release - CEP Unveils New Wind Electric Offer to Save Money and Help the Environment
CEP Contact: Gary Skulnik (240) 514-0189
May 2004 - An aggregation of Maryland city and county agencies led by Montgomery County announced that it has signed a contract with Washington Gas Energy Services and Community Energy, Inc., to purchase wind energy to meet 5% of the group's combined electricity usage. Under the two-year deal, the buying group, which includes six County agencies, 11 municipalities, and Prince George's County, will collectively purchase 38 million kWh of wind energy annually sourced from the 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in West Virginia.
Montgomery County has included the wind energy purchase as a control measure for ozone pollution in a "State Implementation Plan" (SIP) for air quality improvement, which was recently submitted for approval to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
News Release - Montgomery County Signs Agreement to Purchase Wind Energy; Largest Local Government Purchase in Country
News Article - Montgomery Leads Group Purchasing Wind Power
Montgomery County Contact: Ann Elsen (240) 777-7754
February 2003 - Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) and Community Energy Inc. announced wind power purchases by four organizations and businesses based in Washington, DC and surrounding areas. The new green power purchasers include:
- American University, which has agreed to buy wind power to meet 5% of its electricity needs for the next five years,
- Norm Thompson Outfitters, a catalog retailer, which is purchasing almost 20% of the power output of a 1.5-MW wind turbine for its distribution center in Kearneysville, West Virginia,
- The World Wildlife Fund, an environmental organization with 1.2 million U.S. members, which is purchasing wind power to supply 10% of the electricity used for its Washington, DC office, and
- Ecoprint, a printing and mail services company in Silver Spring, Maryland, which has committed to purchase wind power for 100% of the company's electricity needs.
The power will be supplied from the 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center located in West Virginia, which began operating in December 2002 and is now the largest wind generating facility in the eastern United States. With the new commitments, WGES now has nearly 5,000 residential and small commercial customers in the Washington, DC-area supporting a total of 3.3 MW of wind energy generation.
News Release - Leading D.C. Area Institutions Announce Wind Energy Purchases from Newly Operating 44 Wind Turbines
News Release - WWF to Use Clean Wind Energy from Regional Windfarm
WGES Contact: Ransome Owan (703) 793-7565
CEI Contact: John Halley (215) 778-1133
October 2002 - Community Energy announced that it is partnering with Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), an affiliate of Washington Gas, to offer wind energy to Capital-area businesses and residents.
The two companies also announced that they are supplying wind power to the U.S. Army, Catholic University, and the National Geographic Society (NGS). The Army purchase is equivalent to the entire power output of one, 1.5-MW wind turbine and will serve a portion of the electricity needs of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort McNair, and Adelphi Labs. Catholic University is also purchasing the equivalent output of one turbine, which will provide about 12% of the university's power needs. The NGS purchase will account for about 5% of the electricity needs of its D.C. headquarters.
The wind power will be supplied from the 65-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center under construction in Tucker County, West Virginia. The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2002. Exelon Power Team has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement for the output of the project.
News Release - Leading D.C. Area Institutions Announce Wind Energy Purchases; U.S. Army, Catholic University, and National Geographic to Buy Wind Energy
WGES Contact: Ransome Owan (703) 793-7565
Exelon Power Team Contact: Ben Armstrong (610) 765-6914
Community Energy Contacts:
Paul Copleman (215) 416-9656
Brent Beerley (215) 778-3898
August 2002 - The Catholic University of America, based in Washington D.C., announced that it has entered into an agreement with Washington Gas Energy Services to purchase wind energy to meet 12% of its electricity needs for five years. The power will come from the 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center—currently under construction in West Virginia—under a wholesale supply agreement with Community Energy. The purchase is equivalent to the entire annual output of one, 1.5-MW wind turbine.
WGES and Community Energy are launching a campaign to offer wind-generated power to institutions, businesses and residential consumers throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
News Release - Catholic University Signs Up for New Wind Power Project
News Article - Catholic University Opts for Wind Power - No longer online at wtopnews.com
Community Energy Contact: Paul Copleman (610) 254-9800