GSA Purchases 500,000 MWh of Wind from Tribal Projects

October 29, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

windThe US General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a competitive power supply contract to a commercial wind developer for the purchase of 140 MW. The energy will come from the Walnut Ridge Wind Farm, which is currently in development in northwest Illinois, and will add more than 500,000 MWh to the power grid annually.

The 10-year contract was awarded to MG2 Tribal Energy – a joint venture between the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians, a federally-recognized Native American tribe, and Geronimo Energy, a commercial wind developer – and is the largest wind energy purchase from a single source in federal contracting history.

This contract will help GSA meet the Administration’s renewable energy goal established under the December 5, 2013 Presidential Memorandum – Federal Leadership on Energy Management. The memorandum set a renewable energy purchase goal of 20 percent by 2020 with a preference for new projects, which means that GSA needs to procure an estimated 500,000 to 550,000 MWhs of renewable energy per year. The 140 MW wind project will meet this annual requirement.

This contract will also help GSA meet its physical power needs in regions on the PJM power grid. The PJM power grid is the largest power grid in North America and the largest electricity market in the world, and it includes all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

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