It wonâ€™t be long before all government agencies in Washington, D.C. will be powered by 100% clean energy, according to aÂ press release. Wind energy from a NoVa wind farm will supply all the electricity needs for the agencies during the one-year contract, which will hopefully be extended to a much longer time period.
Fifty percent of the governmentâ€™s energy demands are already supplied through wind power, putting D.C. at the top of the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s list of cities that run on clean energy. The city as a whole is currently at around 11.4% clean energy.
The new deal to be implemented for government agencies equates to â€œavoiding the consumption of 32,825,000 gallons of gasoline or taking 61,000 cars off the road for a yearâ€.Â Government facility managers will also receive online dashboards that allow better monitoring of energy usage.
The city still has a way to go before it will reach 100% clean energy, but this is definitely a huge step in the right direction. It is also great to see the government leading by example, something we can definitely use as the environment remains a heated political issue.
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