Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Clean Power

D.C. Government’s Agencies Switching To 100% Wind Energy

Government agencies in Washington, D.C. will soon be powered 100% by renewable energy, according to a recent press release. Wind energy, provided by a Washington Gas Energy Services owned wind farm in Northern Virginia, will provide all of the electricity needs for the district’s government agencies. So far, only a one-year contract has been signed. Hopefully the district will remain committed to 100% renewables after it ends.

Image Credit: Windmills via Shutterstock

Image Credit: Windmills via Shutterstock

The D.C. government had already been receiving “50 percent of its electricity through wind power, enough to place it at the top of an Environmental Protection Agency ranking of cities that rely on clean energy sources,” the DCist notes. “The EPA’s Green Power Community Challenge compares cities—including local governments and participating private organizations—by the amounts of wind, solar, biomass, and other renewable resources they use. Through last December 12, D.C. recorded more than 1 billion kilowatt hours of clean-energy usage. Hillsboro, Ore. was a distant second at 678.6 million kilowatt hours.”

These are D.C.’s totals, though, not percentages, which tell a different story. According to the EPA, D.C. currently only receives 11.4% of its energy from renewable energy sources. More than many places, but there is still significant room for improvement.

In the recent press release, Washington Gas Energy Services stated that the new deal equates to “avoiding the consumption of 32,825,000 gallons of gasoline or taking 61,000 cars off the road for a year.”

As part of the deal, Washington Gas Energy Services will also create “online dashboards” for government facility managers, allowing them to easily monitor their energy usage.

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Former Tesla Battery Expert Leading Lyten Into New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Era — Podcast:

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Written By

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.


You May Also Like

Clean Transport

Electric buses continue to expand globally, and two recent announcements from electric bus companies in the United States and Germany prove it. Let’s take...


According to Atlas EV Hub, plugin vehicles hit a record 5.6% share of the automotive market in September, their greatest share of the market...


National Drive Electric Week is starting. This annual event has been going on for nearly a decade to raise awareness around electric vehicles (EVs)....


Ernest Hemingway once wrote that “today is only one day in all the days that will ever be, but what will happen in all...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.