Washington Green Power Purchases Draw Praise

The D.C.-based American Psychological Association (APA) and its property manager, Trammell Crow Company, secured the purchase of more than 20 million kW hours of green power. APA will buy green power from wind and other renewable resources for its two Capitol Hill office buildings equal to 75 percent of their annual electricity consumption. This sizeable purchase has elicited praise from the World Resources Institute (WRI), which is based on the premises.

Washington D.C. – August 12, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “As an APA tenant, this purchase will help WRI meet our public commitment to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2005,” said Jonathan Lash, president of WRI, which is headquartered in one of the buildings. “We invite every major landlord in metropolitan Washington, D.C. to follow suit and let our nation’s capital serve as an example of the environmental benefits of green energy.” Austin-based Green Mountain Energy Company will supply the green power in the form of renewable energy certificates (RECs), often called green tags. These certificates represent the environmental benefits created when power from renewable resources such as wind reduces demand from fossil fuels in the nation’s electricity system. “We are proud to be purchasing cost competitive green energy in our headquarters and sharing its benefits with our tenants,” said Norman B. Anderson, chief executive officer of APA. The green power purchase represents the energy required to power more than 1,800 homes annually. This commitment will prevent the emissions of 19,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to taking more than 3,700 cars off the road for a year. “Purchasing green power is consistent with our commitment to promoting rewarding business environments for our customers,” said Dorothy Holden, senior property manager for Trammell Crow. “As a customer service-oriented company, we were pleased to work with one of our tenants, the World Resources Institute, to find an attractive green power opportunity.” APA and Trammell Crow received assistance from the Green Power Market Development Group, a partnership between WRI and 12 major U.S. commercial and industrial companies dedicated to building corporate markets for green power. Think Energy, a renewable energy consulting firm, helped to evaluate green power options and negotiate contract terms. The APA deal is the second green power purchase brokered by WRI and Think Energy in Washington, D.C. this year. In March, WRI assisted Bethesda-based Tower Companies with the purchase of 24 million kWhs of green power. Thirteen of Tower’s largest office and apartment buildings in the region now receive the benefits of between 25 and 50 percent green power from Pepco Energy Services and Sterling Planet, a RECs provider. “It is leadership exhibited by large energy buyers like APA and Trammell Crow that will result in monumental growth in the green power market,” said Mark Crowdis, president of Think Energy. “Renewables will provide energy security and clean air benefits for generations to come.”

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