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Western Area Power Administration Offers Renewables to Federal Agencies

Western Area Power Administration Offers Renewables to Federal Agencies

Date: 4/22/2003

Location: CO

Contact: LaVerne Kyriss

Phone: 720-962-7051


LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Federal agencies across the nation can now take advantage of the benefits of renewable energy through a program geared to their needs offered by Western Area Power Administration, in cooperation with the Federal Energy Management Program.

This program, developed by the two Department of Energy organizations, is designed to increase the renewable power options available to Federal agencies. Western offers three renewable energy products to Federal agencies.

Western can buy renewable energy for Federal agencies located within its 15-state service territory, whether the agency is an existing power customer or not. Under the Renewable Power option, the energy is physically delivered for the agency's use.

Supplemental Renewable Energy is also available from Western. This option is available to current customers to supplement their current firm hydropower deliveries from Western.

Western can also buy renewable energy and sell the energy's environmental attributes to a Federal customer. These Renewable Energy Certificates, or Green Tags, can be purchased by Federal agencies anywhere. Under this option, renewable energy is physically delivered to Western's transmission system and the Green Tag is delivered to the purchasing Federal agency.

Costs vary for each product but generally take into account the expense of the power purchased and Western's costs to procure and deliver the energy as well as administer the program. "We're extremely pleased with Western's leadership in providing new options to Federal agencies for purchasing renewable energy," said FEMP's Program Manager Beth Shearer. "This program helps Federal agencies meet the current Federal goal to meet the equivalent of 2.5 percent of facility electricity load from new renewable energy resources by 2005."

Western's Green Tag Program Manager Bob Fullerton added, "Western's program promises to provide environmental benefits, such as decreased air pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants, increases national security by lessening agencies' dependence on imported energy and supports local economic development by creating local jobs and generating local tax revenue."

Western worked with Energy agencies across the DOE complex to develop this program, bringing together the necessary resources that would be attractive for renewable energy developers. "By offering these three products, we hope to aggregate Federal needs and make bigger purchases — improving the financial viability of new renewable energy projects," explained Fullerton.

"Under this initiative, we are partnering with staff working for the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewables and the Federal Energy Management Program, as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory," said Western's Administrator Michael Hacskaylo. As one of the four Federal power marketing administrations, Western already has in place the expertise to buy and sell power and the transmission lines to deliver energy to customers.

"We're bringing together several DOE program areas to share their expertise to benefit not only other Federal agencies, but also to meet our energy needs and stimulate the development of new renewable resources," he said. "Federal agencies that purchase renewable energy may also be eligible to join EPA's Green Power Partnership." This voluntary program is designed to reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation by promoting renewable energy.

For more information and details on how Federal agencies sign up for Western's renewable resource services, visit the Western Area Power Administration's Web site.


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