Penn Township Becomes Nation’s Leading Wind Purchaser

Radnor Township will purchase 62 percent of its electricity from pollution-free, wind-generated electricity, making it the nation’s leading wind energy purchaser among municipalities.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – February 27, 2003 [] The electricity will be supplied by the new Mountaineer Wind Energy Center, the largest wind generating facility in the Eastern United States. Radnor is purchasing 1.4 million kWh of NewWind Energy, a product of Pennsylvania-based Community Energy, Inc. (CEI), for a 3-year contract term. Radnor Township used electricity savings resulting from energy efficient LED traffic lights to fund most of the purchase. Radnor also switched its energy supplier to the Energy Cooperative, saving additional money on its electric bill to help fund a portion of the wind energy purchase. On February 10, Radnor Township Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to purchase the wind energy., said, “Personally I think it is important for Radnor Township to take a lead on environmental issues,” said Enrique R. Hervada, Radnor Township’s 4th Ward Commissioner and chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. “Utilizing wind energy as an alternative to fossil-based fuels makes sense on so many levels. I hope it sends a positive message to our businesses, institutions, and residents that we can make a difference.” The Commissioners were guided by input from Radnor Township’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC). “Radnor has again taken the initiative by leading the field in buying clean energy which will significantly increase our air quality while reducing our dependency on foreign oil,” said Vince Cerniglia, EAC chair. “When wind power was first proposed to the EAC, we saw the immediate as well as the long-term benefits to the Township and the region. Delaware County is one of the 10 worst air quality locations in the nation, mostly due to the oil refineries, I-95, the Philadelphia proximity and the power plant at Eddystone. The Township’s commitment to non-polluting energy will help that condition. The more we can opt for cleaner alternatives — such as wind and solar power — the cleaner our air will become. This is a significant step towards better air quality and the overall health of our residents.” Radnor’s announcement came at the US Department of Energy’s 2nd Wind Powering America Workshop at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The workshop was hosted by Clean Air Council, whose Pennsylvania Wind Campaign program advised the Radnor EAC on its wind power recommendation. The Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in West Virginia is the largest wind power project east of the Mississippi River. Each of the 44, 1.5 MW turbines is 220 feet tall, with 115-foot blades. Exelon Power Team, based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, agreed to purchase all of the electricity produced by the wind turbines for 20 years, allowing the project to go forward. The project operator/owner is FPL Energy, the largest U.S. generator of wind power. It currently has more than 20 wind farms in nine states. Community Energy markets the wind energy to customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region through direct sales and partnerships with electricity suppliers. Radnor’s purchase of 1.4 million kWh per year is equivalent to 35 percent of one wind turbine. Together with earlier commitments, approximately 25 percent of the Mountaineer facility’s output is now under contract to regional end-users, totaling approximately 40 million kWh. Compared to the average electric generation in the Mid-Atlantic, the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center will offset approximately 200 million pounds of air pollution annually. This is the carbon dioxide equivalent of planting over 14 million trees or taking almost 29,000 cars off the road.
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