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Abraham Issues Green Power Challenge

June 2002 - In a June 12 speech, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham issued a challenge to DOE operations to purchase electricity generated from renewable sources to supply at least 140 million kilowatt-hours annually, or about 5% of the agency's total electricity needs, by 2005. In April, Secretary Abraham announced that DOE will purchase green power to supply 17% of the electricity needs of its headquarters facilities in Washington, D.C. and Germantown, Maryland.

Secretary Abraham also announced that he has directed the Western Area Power Administration, which markets federal hydropower in 15 western states, to institute a renewable energy credit or "green tags" program to enable customers to either purchase green power directly or purchase the environment attributes of renewable energy generation.

More Information - Secretary Abraham's Remarks to the United States Energy Association, 13th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum, June 12, 2002

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