June 2010 - Montgomery County (MD) officials announced that the Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyers Group has increased its annual green power purchase to 161 million kilowatt-hours (kWh). The group is purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) from NextEra Energy Resources and Renewable Choice Energy.
The Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyers Group consists of Montgomery County government, Montgomery County public schools, Montgomery College and The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission. Also participating are the City of College Park, Chevy Chase Village, Chevy Chase Village Section 5, City of Gaithersburg, City of Rockville, City of Takoma Park, Town of Glen Echo, Town of Kensington, Town of Laytonsville and Town of Somerset.
The purchase was the equivalent to 30 percent of the group's annual purchased electricity use, which exceeds its 2010 goal of 20 percent, and increased its ranking to No. 4 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Top 20 Local Government list and No. 22 on the National Top 50 list.
News Release - Montgomery County Clean Energy Purchase Catapults it to Fourth Largest Local Government Purchaser Nationwide; Also Ranks 22nd on EPA's National Top 50 List
Additional Information - EPA List of National Top 50 Green Power Purchasers
Contact: Esther Bowring, 240-777-6507
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
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
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