NEWS FROM WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2010
CONTACT: Randy Wilkerson, 720-962-7056, wilkerson@wapa.gov

WESTERN PROCURES RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES

LAKEWOOD, Colo. —Western Area Power Administration has procured renewable energy certificates (RECs) on behalf of several Federal Agencies to help meet renewable energy goals set by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Executive Order 13423.

Western contracted the purchase through its Renewable Resources for Federal Agencies program. The program is a partnership with the U.S. DOE Federal Energy Management Program established to help Federal agencies move toward the nationís renewable energy goals.

In response to the June 2, 2010, Request for Proposals, Western received proposals from potential REC providers and awarded multiple contracts to supply approximately 540,000 RECís over a five year period. Western's Upper Great Plains Region coordinated the purchase.

Renewable Energy Certificates, or "green tags," are the environmental benefits associated with generating one megawatthour of electric energy from a renewable resource. Renewable energy producers can sell the RECs independent of the power itself. Agencies that are not located near the source of renewable generation can buy RECs and claim the environmental benefits to meet their own or mandated goals.

For more about Western's Renewable Resources for Federal Agencies Program, go to http://www.wapa.gov/powerm/pmtags.htm.

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Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 10,000 megawatts of clean, renewable power from hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states.  It is part of the Department of Energy.

PO Box 281213 Lakewood , CO 80228-2802 | Phone: 720-962-7050 | Toll Free: 1-800-982-4523
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