April 2000 - Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson announced that 30 federal agencies located along the Colorado Front Range have committed to purchase more than 10 MW of wind energy from their local electric utility companies. The announcement follows on the heels of a Secretarial directive (see April 2000 story below) for DOE to purchase 3% of its electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources by 2005 and 7.5% by 2010.
According to the Rocky Mountain News, two facilities, Fort Carson in Colorado Springs and the Rocky Flats Environmental Test Site, will account for 30% of the federal purchase. The agencies will pay a "small premium" for the wind energy and will work with DOE and their utilities to offset the higher cost with energy efficiency improvements. Nearly all electricity customers in Colorado have the option of purchasing wind energy through their local utility company.
News Release - Federal Government Agencies to Purchase Electricity Generated by the Power of the Wind - No longer online at energy.gov
News Release - 'Largest Ever' Wind Power Commitment Sets Clean Energy Example For Nation - No longer online at energy.gov
News Article - Good news in wind for Public Service - No longer online at RockyMountainNews.com
Related Link - Colorado Wind Energy Website