State Army Post Purchases Wind Power Credits

The words green power have taken on a new meaning at Fort Lewis in Washington State since the U.S. Army purchased 5 percent of the post’s power needs from wind generators.

Officials at Fort Lewis will buy 1.37 MW, enough power to serve nearly 1,000 homes, of renewable energy certificates (REC) from wind farms in eastern Washington and Oregon through an agreement with Tacoma Power. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is supplying the renewable energy certificates to Tacoma Power. BPA currently buys power from six wind generation plants in the region, and the power is melded with energy generated at federal dams and the nuclear plant at Hanford. “This agreement demonstrates our serious commitment to renewable resources in the Northwest,” said Col. Steven T. Perrenot, who is the director of public works for Fort Lewis. “We are pleased to play a leadership role in promoting the use of renewable resources.” Fort Lewis is located in south Pierce County, and the 86,000-acre post serves more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers. Annual power usage at the post is comparable to the city of Olympia, the state’s capital. Renewable Northwest Project, a nonprofit advocacy group supporting the development of renewable energy in the Northwest, reported that this is one of the largest purchases of clean, renewable resources in the Northwest by a commercial or industrial customer. “Not only is Fort Lewis participating in one of the region’s largest purchases of a renewable resource, they also are supporting the farmers and communities in eastern Washington and Oregon where wind power is being developed,” said Diane Zipper, director of green power programs at the Renewable Northwest Project.
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