The DC government will now get 35% of its energy directly from a wind farm in Pennsylvania. Go DC!
The city had already purchased 100% of its power through Renewable Energy Certificates which offsets green energy and this new agreement will change so that more than a 1/3 of that power comes directly from a green source.
“Directly sourcing renewable power costs 30 percent less than fossil fuel-based sources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 100,000 tons, and protects our city from volatile energy price increases,” said Mark Chambers, Sustainability and Energy Management Director at the DGS. “Put another way, over its 20-year span, this deal removes the same amount of carbon from our atmosphere as planting 44 million trees, or removing 18,000 cars from the road every year.”
Mayor Muriel Bowser said: “The District is well on its way to achieving the Sustainable DC goal of using renewables to satisfy 50% of DC’s energy supply by 2032.”
See more at GlobeNewswire. See the Sustainable DC 2nd Year Progress Report.
graphic from report
In 2011 Mayor Gray and the District Government set out to create a plan, called Sustainable DC, to make DC the most sustainable city in the United States by 2032. This plan was developed through a series of community meetings that formed into 9 public working groups on the topics of built environment, climate, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste, water, and the green economy. With over 143 actions, DC is well underway in achieving this plan. The report lists each action and its status. Some examples:
Equity & Diversity – 1.1 Modernize all public school buildings.
Built Environment – 4.5 Require all new buildings to be net-zero or net-positive.
Energy – 2.5 Develop a wind farm in the region to power District government and private facilities.
Food – 1.1 Adopt the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Act.
Transportation – 2.1 Develop a citywide, 100 mile bicycle lane network.
Waste – 1.3 Ban Styrofoam and non-recyclable plastic containers from food and retail outlets.
Water – 2.1 Install 2 million new square feet of green roofs.
See the full report at Sustainable DC and how you can get involved.