Target: The District of Columbia’s Department of General Services (DGS)
Goal: Commend the U.S. government for signing a contract to be 100% wind powered and urge them to extend the contract for more than one year.
Government agencies in Washington D.C. just announced they will use 100 percent wind power to meet their electricity needs. The D.C. Department of General Services signed a one-year contract with Washington Gas Energy Services under their CleanSteps WindPower program that requires all government agencies to use 100 percent wind power. Under this program, agencies will get their energy from a wind farm owned by Washington Gas Energy Services in northern Virginia. This deal is equivalent to avoiding the use of 32,825,000 gallons of gasoline or taking 61,000 cars off the road for a year.
The D.C. government already gets 50 percent of its electricity from wind as part of the city’s ongoing efforts to become the greenest city in the U.S. Washington D.C. was already at the top of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ranking of cities that rely on clean energy. Through the end of last year, D.C. recorded more than 1 billion kilowatt hours of clean-energy usage and Hillsboro, Oregon came in at a distant second at 678.6 million kilowatt hours, according to the EPA’s Green Power Community Challenge. The city should be applauded for its consistent and aggressive efforts to use renewable energy and should also be pressured to extend the contract for 100% wind energy for more than a year.
Dear members of the D.C. Department of General Services,
The public would like to applaud you in your recent decision to make Washington D.C. government agencies 100% wind powered. This decision enhances Washington’s already established leadership in renewable energy, as D.C. had previously received 50 percent of its electricity from wind. As the national capital, Washington D.C. does the United States and the world a tremendous service by leading by example in the very important transition to a clean energy economy.
Washington’s efforts to become the U.S.’s “greenest city” are fully supported by the public. Washington D.C. is of course unique in that a large part of its economy relies on the federal government. It is our hope that the current tumultuous political climate in Washington does not cause the city to deviate from its mission to provide agencies with renewable energy and other investments in sustainability.
The public asks that Washington D.C. continue its investments in clean energy including the contract with Washington Gas Services to provide government agencies with 100% wind-generated electricity. It is our hope that you will extend this contract for more than one year.
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