May 30, 2014

County Ranks Fifth for Local Government Green Power Purchases

The Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyers Group has been ranked fifth largest among local government purchasers of clean energy by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The group also ranked 41st among all national purchasers -- which includes some of the largest governments and corporations in the country.

Spearheaded by County Government, the buyers group includes Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Chevy Chase Village, Chevy Chase Village Section 5, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Takoma Park, Kensington and Somerset.

Collectively, the County agencies and municipalities purchase an average of 26 percent of their electricity from clean and renewable sources. Montgomery County Government purchases 30 percent, 10 percent beyond the amount mandated by County Council Resolution.

To further reduce the County’s greenhouse gas emissions, the County is planning a comprehensive initiative to install clean energy generating photovoltaic systems on its facilities where feasible.

The Department of General Services recently established the Office of Energy and Sustainability to coordinate green strategies across County operations.

Visit the Office of Energy and Sustainability website to learn more.

Get information on the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership at