Secretary Abraham Announces DOE's Largest-Ever Purchase of Renewable Energy

June 1, 2002


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Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham addresses the audience of the April 2002 Earth Day ceremony.

At a DOE ceremony with employees to mark the 32nd anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2002, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced the largest-ever purchase of electricity generated from renewable energy for DOE Headquarters facilities in Washington, D.C. and Germantown, Maryland, and challenged its other sites to take similar action. Secretary Abraham made his remarks to employees in the DOE Forrestal Building. The ceremony included Dr. Edward Mayberry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Energy Services; General Services Administrator Stephen Perry; and DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Garman.

"Today I am pleased to announce that the Department of Energy will purchase electricity generated from renewable resources to power roughly 17 percent of our electricity needs at DOE Headquarters, including our Germantown facilities," announced Energy Secretary Abraham. "Our new contract calls for an annual purchase of 6 million kilowatt hours, roughly the amount of electricity needed to power 600 homes each year."

Dr. Mayberry of Pepco Energy Services said, "We are proud to support our nation's government facilities (the Department of Energy and the General Services Administration) with electricity generated by renewable sources in an affordable and flexible manner. Our ability to offer customers affordable alternative energy resources has become more important today than ever before. To date, Pepco Energy Services is providing green power to more than 25 percent of its customers in the mid-Atlantic region."

The DOE Headquarters Engineering and Facilities Management Group in the Office of Administration arranged for renewable energy to be supplied by Pepco Energy Services as part of a competitively-awarded contract for electricity. The contract was awarded and administered by the General Services Administration's Energy Center of Expertise. DOE funded the premium for the renewable portion of the contract using the savings it realized through the competitive procurement process, resulting in no net increase in DOE's utility bill. Additionally, DOE insisted on purchasing a blended renewable power product comprised of 25 percent wind power, supplied by Community Energy Inc., and 75 percent landfill gas-fired generation to demonstrate the importance of supporting a diversified domestic energy resource base.

DOE's renewable energy purchase supports the Federal renewable energy goal. The goal states that the equivalent of 2.5 percent of Federal facility electricity consumption must be derived from new renewable energy sources by FY 2005. The purchase also supports a recent DOE Order signed by the Secretary establishing a department wide goal of 3 percent of electricity use coming from renewable resources by 2005 and 7 percent of electricity coming from renewable resources by 2010. Additionally, this green power purchase enables DOE Headquarters to become a partner in the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that encourages public and private organizations to purchase renewable power.

For more information or for assistance with renewable power purchases, please contact Chandra Shah at 303-384-7557 or chandra_shah@nrel.gov, or David McAndrew of FEMP at 202-586-7722 or david.mcandrew@ ee.doe.gov.