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May 2009 - Constellation NewEnergy Inc. announced it has been awarded an electricity and renewable energy supply contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that will supply more than 150 federal agency and institutional customers in Washington, D.C. Under a two year contract, Constellation NewEnergy will supply 1.8 million MWh of electricity and more than 90,000 MWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually. The supply will meet the GSA requirement that 5 percent of their total demand be supplied from renewable energy or a REC equivalent. The building sites include the U.S. Capitol, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, FBI, and the Federal Reserve.

News Release - Constellation NewEnergy to Supply Electricity to U.S. General Services Administration

February 2006 - Pepco Energy Services announced that it has been awarded a green power supply contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Under a three-year contract, Pepco Energy Services will supply an estimated 27 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind energy to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, operated by the National Park Service. In addition, the company will supply renewable energy for 10% of the needs of 23 GSA-owned and operated facilities in New Jersey, including the Peter Rodino Federal Building in Newark.

Pepco Energy Services also supplies green energy to several other federal government agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, the Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, located in Washington, D.C.

News Release - Pepco Energy Services Supplies 100% Renewable Energy to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

News Article - Statue of Liberty to go all 'green' power

April 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released its list of the nation's "Top 25" green power purchasers. The U.S. Air Force leads the list with annual renewable energy purchases of 321 million kWh for Air Force bases across the country, followed by Johnson & Johnson (241 million kWh), EPA (221 million kWh), The World Bank (85 million kWh) and the U.S. General Services Administration, Region 2 (76 million kWh).

The Green Power Partnership is an EPA voluntary program working to standardize green power procurement as part of best practice in environmental management. Partners in the program pledge to switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs in return for EPA technical assistance and public recognition.

News Release - EPA Releases List of Top 25 Green Power Purchasers

EPA Contacts:
Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231
Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004

October 2004 - At a ceremony held during the Ninth National Green Power Marketing Conference in Albany, New York, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued Green Power Leadership Awards to 19 purchasers and six suppliers. The awards are designed to recognize the actions of individuals, companies, and organizations that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through voluntary green power markets.

Among green power purchasers, Montgomery County (Maryland), Staples Inc., Silk, Clif Bar, and the U.S. General Services Administration received Green Power Partner of the Year Awards—the highest purchasing honor given. In addition, the following purchasers were recognized for their substantial green power purchase commitments: Salt Lake City, Johnson & Johnson, New York Municipal Wind Buyers Group, College of the Atlantic, Whole Foods, Interface, Inc., Alterra Coffee Roasters, Lundberg Family Farms, Edwards Air Force Base, Harbec Plastics, California State University at Hayward, Mauna Lani Resort, Rodney Strong Vineyards, and the City and County of San Francisco, Moscone Convention Center.

Among green power suppliers, Austin Energy received the Green Power Program of the Year award, the highest honor. Lenox Municipal Utilities, PaloAltoGreen, Calpine, The Energy Cooperative of Pennsylvania, and PPM Energy, Inc. were also recognized for their substantial achievements as green power suppliers.

The Center for Resource Solutions issued recognition awards for outstanding leadership in building and shaping the market for renewable energy. Green Power Market Development Awards were presented to the following individuals and organizations: Western Washington Green Power Campaign, World Resources Institute, and Rob Harmon of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Honorable Mention awards were presented to the Maine Green Power Connection, and Alan Apt and Jim Welch of Fort Collins, Colorado.

News Release - 2004 Green Power Leadership Award Winners EPA, DOE, CRS To Honor National Green Power Leaders

August 2004 - Federal government agencies recently issued six requests for proposals (RFPs) for renewable energy supplies, seeking a collective 237 – 387 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs). The RECs will be used to supply EPA facilities in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and in the West; GSA facilities in the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions; and World Bank facilities in Washington, D.C.

The green power procurements will help the federal government reach its goal of obtaining 2.5% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2005.

News Article - Federal Government Issues Six RFPs for Renewable Energy Certificates

More Information - RFP Links and Contact Information

September 2002 - Green Mountain Energy announced that it is providing 100% renewable electricity service to the Liberty Bell Pavilion at Independence National Historical Park and other federal government-operated facilities in Philadelphia. Under the three-year contract, the federal government will purchase a total of 3.7 million kWh of green power annually. The facilities will purchase Green Mountain Energy's Nature's Choice, a Green-e certified product generated from renewable resources such as wind, water, biomass and solar generation.

Among the accounts included in the contract are the Liberty Bell Pavilion; the new Liberty Bell Center currently under construction; the First Bank of the United States (circa 1797); and the Todd House (circa 1791). The contract also covers seven other government facilities in and around Philadelphia, operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Park Service.

With this new purchase, the agencies have reaffirmed their commitment to green power. In March 2000, GSA entered into a contract with the Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania (ECAP) to supply the agencies with green power.

News Release - Liberty Bell Pavilion Purchases 100 Percent Renewable Electricity from Green Mountain Energy Company

August 2002 - Select Energy, the competitive energy marketing and services arm of Northeast Utilities, has expanded its retail energy product portfolio to include environmentally friendly power choices for business and institutional customers in the Northeast. The company signed a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to supply green power to meet the entire electricity needs of two GSA buildings in New York—the Binghamton Federal Building and the Pirnie Federal Building in Utica. GSA will purchase 1,100 MWh of wind energy annually for three years at a premium of 1.75¢/kWh. Select Energy is procuring the wind energy from the Fenner wind farm in New York under a wholesale supply agreement with Community Energy.

News Release - Select Energy Adds Green Power To Customer Commodity Choices

News Release - Binghamton Federal Building first in U.S. to be 100% Wind Powered

Select Energy Contact: Joel Weinberg (860) 665-2046
GSA Contact: Brian Magden (212) 264-0591
Community Energy Contact: Ron Kamen (607) 724-0100

March 2000 - The Liberty Bell and seven other federal government accounts in Pennsylvania will be powered with renewable energy under an agreement signed between the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania (ECAP). The agreement represents the first competitive purchase of renewable energy by federal agencies in the Eastern U.S.

GSA will purchase 2.7 million kilowatt-hours annually of ECAP's 100% renewable energy product, EcoChoice, to serve the accounts, which include the Liberty Bell Pavilion, operated by the National Park Service, and a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency facility. The green product is comprised of power generated from landfill gas and small hydro resources. The green power purchase was negotiated as part of a larger GSA electricity procurement and represents less than 1% of the total contracted power.

News Release - Liberty Bell turns Green thanks to Philadelphia-based Energy Cooperative

News Release - GSA Cuts Energy Costs in Pennsylvania and Delaware

News Release - United States Liberty Bell Rings for Freedom from Pollution; Liberty Bell Pavilion Powered by Green-e Certified Renewable Electricity - Note: ECAP's EcoChoice 100 program is no longer Green-e certified (Jan. 2008)

GSA Contact: Don Stitler (215) 656-5980


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