Bioenergy, Wind Power

EPA Buys Renewable Energy For Cincinnati Labs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it will power three of its research facilities in Ohio with 100 percent renewable energy.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-09-05 [SolarAccess.com] The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it will power three of its research facilities in Ohio with 100 percent renewable energy. By early next year, EPA will receive 9 percent of its electricity from green sources at facilities located in Richmond (California), Golden (Colorado), Chelmsford (Massachusetts), Manchester (Washington) and Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati facilities have committed to purchasing a total of 15,560,000 kWh of renewable energy annually for three years, at a premium, with a three-year option to renew. Community Energy Inc. will supply 778,000 kWh of New Wind Energy(tm) each year from the Exelon Power Team at Mill Run, Pennsylvania, which will comprise 5 percent of EPA’s estimated usage in Cincinnati. ComEd, a subsidiary of Exelon that serves customers in northern Illinois, in partnership with Environmental Resources Trust, will supply the remainder of the renewable energy contract with landfill gas energy from ComEd’s territory in Illinois. By purchasing wind and biomass energy, EPA can claim large reductions in emissions of 16,000 tons of carbon dioxide, 112,000 pounds of nitrous oxides, and 246,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide each year. “With this purchase of New Wind Energy, the EPA is leading the way to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future,” says Brent Alderfer, president of Community Energy. “EPA’s decision to buy locally generated wind energy shows others that there are sensible clean energy choices that can help to create a clear future. This is the kind of real environmental leadership that will make a difference.” “The Bush Administration has asked the government to be the first to conserve energy,” explains EPA administrator Christine Whitman. “These purchases represent a creative and innovative approach to help solve our nation’s energy crisis, while achieving tremendous environmental benefits and charting the way for the emerging green power market.”