Sandy Ridge wind farm to help water utility become greener

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September 10 (Renewables Now) - Electricity and renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by the 50-MW Sandy Ridge wind farm in Pennsylvania will support the greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, also known as WSSC Water.

The water and wastewater utility has selected Direct Energy Business as its retail electric service provider, the latter announced this week. In turn, Direct Energy has signed a contract to buy up to 70,000 MWh of electricity and associated renewable attributes per year from said wind park, which is owned by Liberty Power.

The agreed supply will cover 30% of WSSC Water's power consumption when added to the utility's existing solar and wind power efforts, the announcement says.

The partnership will help WSSC Water achieve its goals of being cleaner and greener in its energy use by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10% every five years through 2050, the utility's energy manager Rob Taylor commented. This is the second time WSSC Water has partnered with Direct Energy, which is part of Centrica plc (LON:CNA).

The Sandy Ridge wind farm is located in Blair and Centre Counties, where it was commissioned in 2012.

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