Eighteen Area Non-Profits Join Forces to Support Wind Power and Save on Electricity

Clean Currents Assembles Local Non-Profits in Sixth Round of Successful Wind Power Purchase

Clean Currents, a leading green energy provider in the Mid-Atlantic, announced the successful execution of the sixth Nonprofit Energy Alliance purchase, a green electricity purchasing cooperative arranged by The Nonprofit Roundtable, Nonprofit Montgomery, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

By working with Clean Currents, the eighteen area nonprofits in the energy alliance were able to leverage collective buying power to take advantage of lower electricity rates.  Collectively, the eighteen nonprofits purchased 3.9 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of wind power, with an aggregate savings compared to standard rates through their local utilities of approximately $25,000 per year.  The fourteen participants renewed their commitment from past rounds: CentroNía; Latino Economic Development Corporation;  Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care; Metro TeenAids; DC Scores; Vesta, Inc.; A Wider Circle; Joe’s Movement Emporium; Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church; Emmanuel United Methodist Church; Great Hope Homes; Montgomery Housing Partnership; Washington Revels, Inc. and Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, MD. In addition, four new organizations joined NPEA VI: Advocates for Justice and Education; First Baptist Church of Ken-Gar; Washington School of Photography; Whitman-Walker Health.

“It’s so powerful to pool resources with other nonprofits to support the renewable energy industry.  The Nonprofit Energy Alliance is easy to join and generous in giving back to the community,” commented Brooke Kidd, Founder/Executive Director, Joe’s Movement Emporium. Joe’s Movement Emporium has participated in both the Non-Profit Energy Alliance and Clean Currents’ Green Neighborhood Challenge – a program that funds greening project for community groups.

Since May 2010, a total of 64 organizations have gone through the Nonprofit Energy Alliance’s six rounds, saving a combined amount of $536,000 over a one-year period compared to standard offer service and offsetting about 40 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually. The impact of these six alliances is equivalent to taking 3,500 passenger vehicles off the roads for one year.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer affordable green power to the organizations in the Non-Profit Energy Alliance” said Gary Skulnik, Clean Currents President. “The growth of this group has been a great testament to the great opportunities for collaboration between non-profit organizations on green energy purchases.”