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September 11, 2006

EPA to get all of its energy from renewable sources

photo of windmill being erected

According to this press release from the Environmental Protection Agency, from now on the EPA will be getting all of their electricity from renewable sources...

EPA is the first and only major federal agency to purchase green power equal to 100 percent of its estimated annual electricity use nationwide.

As of September 2006, EPA will be purchasing nearly 300 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power annually in the form of renewable energy certificates (RECs) or delivered product. This amount is equal to 100 percent of the total estimated annual electricity consumption at all of EPA’s nearly 200 facilities across the country—enough electricity to power 27,084 homes for an entire year.

I think it's probably too much under this administration to hope that other federal agencies will follow suit, but I think grass-roots efforts to get organizations like universities, museums, and churches to make the switch to renewable power could be really effective.

[Thanks groovygreen]

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at September 11, 2006 11:40 AM