May 2004 - An aggregation of Maryland city and county agencies led by Montgomery County announced that it has signed a contract with Washington Gas Energy Services and Community Energy, Inc., to purchase wind energy to meet 5% of the group's combined electricity usage. Under the two-year deal, the buying group, which includes six County agencies, 11 municipalities, and Prince George's County, will collectively purchase 38 million kWh of wind energy annually sourced from the 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in West Virginia.
Montgomery County has included the wind energy purchase as a control measure for ozone pollution in a "State Implementation Plan" (SIP) for air quality improvement, which was recently submitted for approval to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
News Release - Montgomery County Signs Agreement to Purchase Wind Energy; Largest Local Government Purchase in Country
News Article - Montgomery Leads Group Purchasing Wind Power
Montgomery County Contact: Ann Elsen (240) 777-7754