U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Federal Energy Management Program
EPA Makes its Largest Green Power Purchase to Date
January 5, 2005
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in late
December that as of November 1st, 2004, it began buying 100 million
kilowatt-hours per year of green power for its facilities in Research
Triangle Park, North Carolina. The three-year purchase of renewable
energy credits will support the generation of renewable power from a
biomass power plant in Port Wentworth, Georgia, to offset the
electricity from non-renewable sources used by the EPA's facilities in
the Triangle Park area. As a result of this and previous purchases,
EPA's offices and laboratories are currently meeting 77.7 percent of
their electricity needs from renewable energy through a combination of
green power purchases and the purchase of renewable energy credits.
See the EPA press release and the EPA's related
Green Power Web page.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is also
looking to make a large green power purchase for the Johnson Space
Center in Houston, Texas. The agency is requesting bids for between
20 and 80 million kilowatt-hours of green power over a two-year
period. The Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) issued a request for
proposals in early December, and bids are due on January 11th. See the
Certification of green power supplies went nationwide in mid-December,
as the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that
it has established a default national certification standard to cover
those areas for which a regional standard has not yet been developed.
CRS began certifying green power through its Green-e program in
California and gradually expanded the process to 32 other states, but
that process left many gaps in the national map. See the CRS press release.