Oct 23, 2007

America's First Wind Powered County

Officials in Montgomery County Penn. announced last month the county will power all county facilities with 100 percent wind energy. Equal to the electric consumption of 2,700 typical homes, the alternative energy purchase ranks among the top 10 largest green power commitments by a governmental body in the US and makes Montgomery County the first wind powered county in the country.

The purchase of 29,391 megawatt hours of wind powered electricity, equal to the output of more than seven modern 380 foot tall wind turbines, is estimated to have the same environmental benefit as planting more than 16,000 acres of trees or removing 3,700 cars from the roadways. The purchase is produced in partnership with Community Energy, a wind energy marketer.

Five percent of this major wind purchase will be provided by PECO Wind, PECO's retail wind energy product. Montgomery County joins Upper Dublin Township and the Borough of Bridgeport as wind energy purchasers as well as more than 7,300 Montgomery County residents and 115 area businesses, including LaSalle High School and Elmwood Park Zoo, who purchase PECO Wind.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation . PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 480,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2006, the company delivered 38.2 million megawatt-hours (Mwh) of electricity and 76.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas to residential, business and institutional customers.

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