The City of Binghamton has taken another step toward reducing its impact on the environment.
Mayor Rich David announced that the City will purchase renewable energy certificates to match 100 percent of its municipal electric usage starting May 1st.
These certificates allow municipalities to purchase renewable energy produced elsewhere without being physically tied to the source.
Binghamton’s electricity will be produced from wind farms in the United States.
David says it’s more affordable than ever to go green and Binghamton needs to take charge. “It is possible for Binghamton to be a pioneer in the area of green energy. We’ve seen other municipalities in Broome County follow our lead. For example, Binghamton was the first municipality to convert its street lights to LED technology. Then you saw the Town of Union, Johnson City, and Endicott follow our lead because they saw the impact.”
Municipal electric usage accounts for everything powered through City Hall including the police station, street lights and fire stations.
The shift to renewable energy will cost the City $13,000 a year.
David says it will be offset by savings in other areas such as the reduced operating costs of LED street lights.