From today’s Con.Web—an Air Force base in eastern Washington is going 100% renewable for its electricity:
“Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane has made what is reportedly the largest single green power purchase in the Northwest. The equivalent of its entire 7.5 average megawatt load is now accounted for by a combination of renewables and green tags from Bonneville Power Administration, for which the base pays a slight premium above its rate as a direct service BPA customer. “
By itself, this isn’t huge news, since it represents a tiny share of total energy consumption in the Northwest. But the U.S. military has incredible purchasing power, and this seems to be part of a rising trend towards greener energy purchasing on military bases. If all military and government installations followed Fairchild’s lead, it could lend a big boost to renewable generation.
Sometimes the right way is the Air Force way.