Clean Energy A Federal GSA Priority

The federal government is looking for more renewable energy, and it’s looking again to Constellation Energy to get it. Baltimore-based Constellation said it had struck deals with the General Services Agency (GSA)—the bunch who oversee the functioning of the federal government—that will bring its supply of electricity to the U.S. to 2.7 million megawatt-hours (MWh) annually.

Under the deals, Constellation will provide power to agencies in New York (including the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Building, pictured below), Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. How green will this power be, exactly? Constellation didn’t say. But it suggested the contracts were in line with the March 2011 Energy Savings Agreement it made with the U.S. Department of State, and that deal was expected to “reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with domestic electricity consumption by approximately 30 percent to 35 percent by December 2012 and during the term of the ESA.”

Constellation Energy, GSA renewable energy

image via Parsons Brinckerhoff

Not long after that deal was reached, Constellation said it had signed a three-year contract with the GSA to supply 1.72 million MWh per year to a long list of Washington, D.C., sites, including the U.S. Capitol, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, the GSA itself, the Federal Reserve and the Departments of Justice, Labor, Interior, Transportation and Treasury.

“When combined with our existing contracts in the mid-Atlantic, Ohio, Illinois and California, these new GSA contracts in the New England region mean Constellation Energy is now serving the vast majority of the nation’s federal agencies in states with competitive markets,” Louis Hutchinson, Constellation Energy’s senior vice president, Public Sector, said in a statement.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.