U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced on Earth Day that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will purchase green power to supply 17% of the electricity needs of its headquarters facilities in Washington, D.C. and Germantown, Maryland. Under the arrangement, the agency will purchase 6 million kWh of green power annually comprised of a blend of 25% wind power, supplied by Community Energy Inc., and 75% landfill methane, supplied by Pepco Energy Services. DOE will offset the extra cost of the green power with savings realized from the competitive power market. With the purchase, DOE will become a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that encourages public and private organizations to purchase renewable power.
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