U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Water Power Program
Political Conventions to Use Clean Power and Mass Transit
July 14, 2004
This year's approaching political party conventions promise to employ
clean energy sources and mass transit to minimize their environmental
The Democratic National Convention, which runs from July 26th to the
29th in Boston, will focus on clean energy by buying enough renewable
energy credits to match the electricity used during the convention.
The convention will also draw on a 250-kilowatt fuel cell, fueled with
natural gas, to help power its facilities, and the convention
committee will buy enough greenhouse gas emission credits to offset
other greenhouse emissions attributable to the convention, such as
transportation. General Motors will also provide hybrid-electric
pickup trucks and buses for use at the convention. See the press release from the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Although the Republican National Convention is still more than a month
away—running from August 30th to September 2nd in New York
City—it has already announced plans to encourage its 50,000 participants to
use mass transit. Along with providing its delegates with Metrocards, which will allow free access to the city's bus and subway
systems, the convention will establish an express bus service of its
own, called GOP Liberty Express, to whisk attendees between their
hotel and the convention location, Madison Square Garden. See the press release from the 2004 Republican National Convention.