The District of Columbia is sailing ahead on wind energy, having signed the largest wind power deal ever made by an American city. That agreement means a Pennsylvania wind farm will generate 35 percent of the city government’s electricity over the next 20 years.

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Lawrence: “Sourcing directly from this wind farm is very meaningful because it really demonstrates the district’s commitment renewable energy goals.”

That’s Taresa Lawrence of D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment. She says the city has been purchasing 100 percent clean energy for years, but has been doing so by buying renewable energy certificates. With this deal, D.C. will now get a significant portion of its clean power directly.

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She says the agreement has been well received because it will save taxpayers $45 million dollars and cut carbon pollution.

And the emission reductions are only going to grow. Kate Johnson of the Department’s Urban Sustainability Administration says the city government is also slated to boost its use of solar.

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Johnson: “The District of Columbia has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2032, and 80 percent by 2050.”

By championing wind and solar, D.C. is leading the nation towards a clean energy future.

Reporting credit: Daisy Simmons/ChavoBart Digital Media.

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