Through the Renewable Resources For Federal Agencies program, WAPA works with the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program to help federal agencies meet renewable energy goals, reduce emissions and foster markets for emerging technologies. RRFA coordinates the purchase of renewable energy and/or its benefits for federal facilities with a streamlined purchase process that contains costs and gives agencies greater choice in the type of renewable projects they support. WAPA issues a request for proposals for renewable energy products, and agencies pay for the selected product at cost, plus an administrative fee. FEMP funding may be available to cover some or all of the administrative costs of acquiring renewable resources from suppliers—an additional savings to participants.
Federal agencies purchase renewable resources for many reasons:
- Manage exposure to fluctuating energy prices
- Support economic development
- Improve the environment
- Improve national energy security through increased use of domestic renewable fuels
- Meet renewable energy goals set in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Executive Orders 13423, 13514 and 13693
- Demonstrate federal leadership by supporting a green economy
RRFA makes the purchase process easier for federal agencies by:
Using WAPA’s long-term power marketing authority to assist in developing renewable energy projects on federal facilities or federal lands
Federal agencies that purchase renewable power may also be eligible to join the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program to reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation by promoting renewable energy.
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