WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC’s premiere historic luxury hotel, is now powered by 100 percent wind energy. Pepco Energy Services, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. and a leader in renewable electricity, supplies the 332-room landmark hotel with 100 percent wind renewable energy credits, making the Willard the first urban luxury hotel in the United States to be fully supported in this sustainable manner.
Pepco Energy Services provides the Willard InterContinental Washington with nearly 7.1 million kilowatt hours of 100 percent wind renewable energy certificates. The Loyalton Group, an energy risk management firm in Washington, D.C., facilitated the contracts, under which Pepco Energy Services will supply renewable energy certificates from Sterling Planet. Electricity produced from renewable resources reduces the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), a key greenhouse gas. Wind energy is particularly effective in reducing greenhouse gases, because there are no air emissions associated with operating wind generators.
The Willard has embarked on a sustainability program entitled, “Willard InterContinental—The Next 100 Years.” The holistic plan is comprised of interwoven sustainable projects designed for a luxurious urban hospitality experience in harmony with social and ecological consciousness.
“We are pleased to be increasing the Willard InterContinental Hotel’s environmental commitment through our recent purchase of wind energy from Pepco Energy Services,” says Hervé Houdré, general manager. “This fits as one of many components of our sustainable development strategy.”
“Pepco Energy Services commends the Willard InterContinental Hotel for purchasing 100 percent wind renewable energy credits,” says John Huffman, COO of Pepco Energy Services. Pepco Energy Services currently supplies 100 percent renewable resources to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters, located in Washington, D.C.
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