District of Columbia Wins Global Award for Green Energy at the 2015 C40 Cities Awards

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced today that the District of Columbia has won the global award for Green Energy at the 2015 C40 Cities Awards.  The District was recognized for its groundbreaking wind power purchase agreement between the District Government and Iberdrola Renewables, LLC that will reduce DC’s carbon footprint and save $45 million over the next 20 years. In Paris, Department of Energy and Environment Director (DOEE) Tommy Wells and DGS Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Mark Chambers accepted the award on behalf of the District and Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The C40 Cites Awards provide global recognition for cities demonstrating policies and programs to reduce carbon emissions and advance sustainability.  This year, C40 received more than 200 applications from 94 cities.

“The District of Columbia is proud to be recognized among global cities that are truly at the vanguard of fighting climate change,” said Mayor Bowser. “Our wind agreement, coupled with the solar power purchase agreement signed last month, demonstrates my Administration’s commitment to investing in clean energy, creating green jobs, and fulfilling our pledge to cut 80% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

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