On October 23, 2007, Governor Edward B. Rendell announced that Pennsylvania is now purchasing enough green power to cover nearly 30 percent of the electricity needed for government operations. This exceeds the Commonwealth's goal of 20 percent green power and makes it the top state on the EPA Green Power Partnership list.
The current contract is for 277,399 megawatt hours (MWh) of green power annually - 57 percent from wind and 43 percent from hydroelectric sources. Only the 157,200 MWh purchased from wind energy qualify for the Green Power Partnership listing.
The wind energy purchase accounts for 16 percent of government electricity use. Of the 157,200 MWh of wind, 5,000 MWh is from within Pennsylvania and the rest if from outside the Commonwealth.
According to Jeffrey Olsen, Agency Liaison Director for the Governor's Green Government Council, the purchase is for grid-delivered green power rather than renewable energy certificates (RECs). The purchase is contracted on an annual basis, with the current contract running through June 2008.
Click here for a press release from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Click here for more information on green electricity in Pennsylvania, including links to bid and contract documents.
Click here to visit the EPA Green Power Partnership website.
Contact Matt Kittell (email@example.com) for more information on the Responsible Purchasing Network's work on green power.