Montgomery County Ranks 15th Largest in National Clean Energy Purchasing

Montgomery County’s Clean Energy Buyer’s Group ranks 15th in the nation as a voluntary purchaser of clean energy among organizations that are tracked by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership (GPP); ranking fourth among local governments.

According to Montgomery County’s press release,

The County rose eight positions on the GPP’s list of national organizations, ranking above many Fortune 100 companies and federal agencies.

The Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyer’s Group includes Montgomery County Government, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Chevy Chase Village Section 5, City of Takoma Park, and the towns of Kensington and Somerset. The group has consistently ranked amongst the nation’s top purchasers for more than 10 years. The City of Rockville and City of Gaithersburg also participated in the purchasing pool. Collectively, the County and its partners purchase 431 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy. According to the U.S. EPA, the Group’s purchase offsets 297,196 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. This is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of taking 62,500 passenger vehicles off the road or planting 7.6 million trees.

“Montgomery County has been a clean energy leader for more than a decade,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “We were one of the first governments to adopt clean energy requirements, specifying how much energy from sources such as solar, wind and other zero emissions sources of energy should be used in our buildings. We are pleased to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from energy use in our buildings, contributing to a healthier and more sustainable community and planet.”

“Clean power is good for the environment, is good for taxpayers, and is good for our local economy,” said Councilmember Roger Berliner, chair of the County’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee and lead sponsor on Bill 9-14, that required the county to purchase 100% renewable energy by Fiscal Year 2016. “Our County has made a tremendous commitment to clean power, and we are glad the EPA is recognizing that commitment. Our County government is now carbon neutral, something every County resident should be proud of, and something every County resident and building owner can aspire to on their own property. With carbon neutral buildings, we can say that we truly are doing our part as a government to minimize our impact on the planet and to fight global climate change. Combining this effort with our determination to put solar panels on at least a dozen county buildings, Montgomery County is showing national leadership on how a government can be an environmental steward.”

Visit Montgomery County online to read the full press release or to track the progress of the County’s initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of County’s operations.