Cincinnati EPA Facilities to Use Renewable Energy Sources
Washington, DC - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will power three of its research facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, with 100 percent renewable energy through an agreement with Community Energy, Inc., a renewable energy marketing company. By early 2002, Federal EPA offices across the United States will be receiving nine percent of its electricity from green sources, at facilities located in Richmond, Calif., Golden, Colo., Chelmsford, Mass., Manchester, Wash., and Cincinnati, Ohio.
"The Bush Administration has asked the government to be the first to conserve energy," said Administrator Christie Whitman. "These purchases represent a creative and innovative approach to help solve our nation's energy crisis, while achieving tremendous environmental benefits and charting the way for the emerging green power market."
The EPA Cincinnati facilities have committed to purchasing a total of 15,560,000 kWh of premium renewable energy annually for three years, with a three-year option to renew. Community Energy, Inc. will supply 778,000 kWh of New Wind Energy TM each year from the Exelon Power Team at Mill Run, Pennsylvania, which will make up five percent of EPA Cincinnati's estimated usage. ComEd, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. that serves customers in Northern Illinois, in partnership with Environmental Resources Trust (ERT), will supply the remainder of the renewable energy contract with landfill gas energy from ComEd's territory in Illinois.
By purchasing wind and biomass energy, EPA can claim large reductions in emissions associated with the purchase of conventional energy. The emission benefits associated with this purchase are approximately 16,000 tons carbon dioxide, 112,000 lbs. nitrous oxides and 246,000 lbs. sulfur dioxide each year.
Brent Alderfer, president of Community Energy, Inc., said, "With this purchase of New Wind Energy, the EPA is leading the way to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future. EPA's decision to buy locally generated wind energy shows others that there are sensible clean energy choices that can help to create a clear future. This is the kind of real environmental leadership that will make a difference."