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EPA Expands Green Power Purchases

November 2004 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has expanded its use of green power by committing to purchase 100% green power to match the electricity needs of its Federal Triangle complex and the building which houses its Office of Air and Radiation in Washington D.C. On behalf of EPA, the General Services Administration entered into a three-year contract with Community Energy and Pepco Energy Services to purchase 44.8 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually for the Federal Triangle complex, starting in October 2004. The RECs will be supplied from wind facilities (25%) in Waymart, PA and Thomas, WV and landfill gas facilities (75%) located in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition, the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) signed a separate three-year contract on behalf of EPA with Old Mill Power Company to purchase about four million kWh per year of RECs for the Office of Air and Radiation, starting in June 2004. The RECs will be supplied from a wind farm in Meyersdale, PA.

With these purchases, EPA now procures about 203 million kWh of green power annually, representing 70% of its national electricity needs.

EPA Contact: Justin A Spenillo (202) 564-0639
DESC Contact: Andrea Kincaid (703) 767-8669
NREL Contact: Chandra Shah (303) 384-7557

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