Boston, Massachusetts [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the City of Boston has joined its Green Power Partnership by purchasing more than 8 percent of the city’s electric load, or 17,300-megawatt hours (MWh) of green energy per year, from Constellation New Energy. This purchase, which marks the largest local government green power purchase in New England to date, will avoid emissions of nearly 8,000 annual tons of carbon dioxide. Green energy is generated from 100% renewable energy sources.“I’m proud that Boston has been recognized by the U.S. EPA for its leadership in environmental quality and energy,” said Mayor Menino last week at the 31st annual Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Conference held in Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. “We will continue to develop innovative clean energy strategies to improve our environment and the quality of life in all of our neighborhoods,” Menino continued. The purchase represents enough electricity to power both City Hall and the Tobin Community Center. “These EPA partners help diversify this country’s energy supply by promoting alternative and renewable energy sources,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “The City is to be commended for voluntarily choosing to use green power — helping to improve air quality and reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy.” “This is yet another example of how Mayor Menino is using the purchasing power of the City to improve our environment,” said James W. Hunt, III, Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston. “Green power significantly improves local air quality and the respiratory health of our residents, while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.” Boston joins the growing list of cities and states belonging to EPA’s Green Power Partnership including Boulder, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, San Diego, Portland (OR), Moab, (UT); the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and the state of Illinois. The voluntary program has more than 600 Partners, including Fortune 500 companies, states, federal agencies, trade associations and universities.