GSA Meets Green Goals
The General Services Administration (GSA) Northeast Region has finalized competitive
power supply contracts for several three- to five-year terms using the World
Energy Exchange. Under the terms of these contracts, GSA is expected to purchase
1.4 billion kw.-hrs. of electricity for federal facilities, of which 237 million
kw.-hrs. is expected to be from renewable energy sources.
The exchange provides assess to supply variables, such as contracting periods
and the percentage of renewable energy. GSA is expected to realize cost-avoidance
savings of approximately $30 million, or 15 percent, over the life of the contracts.
The federal government has set a goal of having three percent of all energy
used in federal facilities coming from renewable sources such as wind power
through 2009, increasing to five percent for 2010 to 2012. GSA-owned and operated
facilities in the Northeast will achieve 33 percent in renewable supply, much
of which will come from windmills located in Pennsylvania.