It’s no surprise the Dutch are well known for harnessing the winds that whip across their flat European plains, but their U.S. Embassy too? Well perhaps not directly, but the Netherlands Embassy has purchased enough wind power-generated green tags to match ten percent of the building’s total energy use.Washington, D.C. – April 29, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Today, during its “Meet the Dutch” activities, the Netherlands Embassy will be presented with an award by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to recognize the Royal Netherlands Embassy’s commitment to using green energy. The Royal Netherlands Embassy is the first embassy in the United States to purchase NewWind Energy and has agreed to buy 169,000-kilowatt hours of wind energy each year for the next six years from Community Energy, of Wayne, Pennsylvania. A representative of the Department of Energy’s Office of Wind and HydroPower Technologies will present the award to Ambassador Boudewijn J. van Eenennaam at 2:30 pm on April the 29th as part of the Embassy’s seminar on sustainable energy, organized by the Embassy’s Office for Science and Technology. The seminar entitled, “Sustainable Energy: The Dutch Perspective,” will present discussion by environmental experts on how the Dutch government can grow into a sustainable energy economy. “Dutch environmental policy places a premium on developing and integrating more forms of green energy into the everyday lives of its citizens whether they are in the Netherlands or working abroad,” said Ambassador Boudewijn J. van Eenennaam. “Our purchase of NewWind Energy could not have come at a better time, since recently the Environmental Protection Agency placed Washington, DC on its list of localities that fails to meet Clean Air standards. This purchase will play a part in creating a healthier environment not only for the employees of the embassy but the residents of the Washington Metropolitan area as well.” The United States Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency recognize institutions that demonstrate environmental leadership by purchasing wind energy. The Department of Energy periodically highlights leading green energy purchases, such as the case with the Royal Netherlands Embassy. The Embassy’s purchase of wind energy will result in the offset of over 185,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (which leads to global warming); over 1,200 pounds of sulfur dioxide (which causes acid rain); and over 400 pounds of nitrogen oxide (which leads to haze and ozone problems). This air emission displacement is approximately equivalent to not driving over 160,000 miles, taking 13 cars off the road, or planting over 12,000 trees. “With centuries of wind energy leadership, the Netherlands now demonstrates its commitment to sustainability in the United States. As the first embassy to purchase NewWind Energy, the Royal Netherlands Embassy sets an example by choosing an energy option that is environmentally friendly and economically sound,” said Brent Alderfer, president of Community Energy. The wind energy purchased by the Royal Netherlands Embassy will be produced from wind farms in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.