January 2005 - The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has committed to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) for its regional offices and science and technology laboratories in Kansas City (KS), Denver and San Francisco. Under two separate three-year contracts, EPA will purchase more than 17 million kWh of RECs annually—the equivalent of the total electricity needs of these facilities.
Under a contract with Aquila Inc., EPA will purchase RECs from the Colorado Green Wind Project in Prowers County, CO, for its Denver-based facilities and the Gray County Wind Project near Montezuma, KS, for its Kansas-based facilities. EPA also has an agreement with 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees) to supply its San Francisco Regional Office with RECs from The Geysers geothermal energy facility in Middletown, CA.
Western Area Power Administration managed the solicitation and provided contracting services for the procurements, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provided technical support. EPA purchases more than 229 million kWh of green power annually for 23 laboratories and offices, which represents about 79% of its electricity needs nationally.
For more information on green tags and renewable energy, visit EPA's Green Power Web site.
For more about Western's renewable resources program, log on to Western's Green Tags Web site.
News Release - EPA Renewable Energy Goals Furthered; Aquila Green Credits Provided For Facilities In Kansas And Colorado
News Release - EPA Announces Green Tag Purchases from Wind, Geothermal Sources
EPA Contact: Frank Montarelli, 303-312-6780
WAPA Contact: LaVerne Kyriss, 720-962-7051