March 2004 - The Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC) of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) approved a "State Implementation Plan" (SIP) for air quality improvement that includes wind energy purchases by Montgomery County, Maryland, as a control measure to reduce ground-level ozone pollution. If approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it will become the first case in which wind power purchases by a local government are credited for reducing air emissions under a regional air quality plan, according to Environmental Resources Trust, Inc. Montgomery County, which will offset 5% of its energy requirements with wind energy, is the first local government in the region to purchase wind power.
News Release - MWAQC Prepares to Submit Regional Air Quality Plan to EPA
More Information - Metropolitan Washington COG State Implementation Plan to Improve Air Quality
More Information - Air Quality Gold Book: State and Local Government Initiatives to Clean the Air (PDF 242 KB)
Montgomery County Contact: Jim Caldwell (240) 777-7700