Austin (TX), Brookeville (MD) and Washington D.C. Increase Purchasing

September 30, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the communities of Brookeville (MD) and Washington, D.C. as winners of the first Green Power Community Challenge. The year-long challenge encouraged communities across the U.S. to voluntarily increase their use of Green Power generated from renewable resources.

Washington, D.C. won the title for the largest amount of annual green power usage. District of Columbia residents, businesses, and District Government are collectively using more than 772 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power each year, enough to meet 8% of the community's total electricity use. Brookeville (MD) won for the highest green power percentage of electricity use (45%).

Separately from EPA's Green Power Community Challenge, the City of Austin (TX) municipal government announced that it is switching to 100% green power on October 1st, 2011. The 400 million kWh purchase makes the City of Austin the second largest local government purchaser of green power in the U.S., behind the City of Houston, and the largest local government purchasing 100% of its total electricity use from green power. The purchase will be through Austin Energy's Green Choice program. Renewable energy for the program will be produced at a wind farm in West Texas.

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