April 2000 - Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson marked Earth Day by directing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to purchase green power to meet a portion of its electricity needs. The directive calls for DOE to purchase 3% of its electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources by 2005 and 7.5% by 2010.
DOE is the first federal agency to proclaim a department-wide commitment to purchase electricity generated from renewable sources. The directive responds to Executive Order 13123, issued by President Clinton in June 1999, which says "each agency shall strive to use electricity from clean, efficient and renewable energy sources."
News Release - Energy Secretary Richardson Directs Department to Buy More "Green Power" - No longer online at energy.gov
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