Green Power Purchasing

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Sector Name: 
District of Columbia
Program Type: 
Green Power Purchasing

The District of Columbia has committed to procure 100% of the district government’s total electricity consumption from renewable energy sources. This is part of the district-wide Sustainable DC goals to reduce the district's greenhouse gas emission by 50%, and to use renewable energy to power 50% of the district’s energy consumption, both targeted to be achieved by 2032. Since 2012, 100% of the district’s fossil fuel power purchases have been offset through purchase of renewable energy credit (RECs). 

In July 2015, the district government signed a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Iberdrola Renewables to purchase entire wind energy output from a 46 MW wind farm in Pennsylvania. This PPA will supply 35% of the District government’s total electricity demand. The District will continue to purchase RECs to ensure that 100% of the District government’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources. The District government also a leading partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership – a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.