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February 3, 2014

Late on Friday, January 31, 2014, we learned that the recent extreme weather, which sent the wholesale electricity market into unchartered territories, has forced Clean Currents to cease operations.  All Clean Currents’ customers will be returned to their utility service, effective immediately, with no interruption. What does this mean for nonprofits?

If you are a participant in our Nonprofit Energy Alliance (NPEA) or under contract with Clean Currents:

We are currently working with Groundswell, NPEA’s new clean energy partner, to ensure that all current NPEA participants have the opportunity to be included in the next round.  Here is a link to Groundswell’s application: .  For more information:

Please know that we remain committed to helping our nonprofit partners save on electricity while accessing clean and renewable energy in a hassle-free manner.  So, someone from Groundswell’s Community Power Program will be in touch with your organization in the next few days and don’t hesitate to contact or with any immediate questions regarding NPEA or regarding Groundswell’s Community Power Program.

In the meantime, you will receive a notice from your utility company about your account.  If you do nothing, your building(s) will be switched back to Standard Offer Service.  If you make the choice to stay with affordable clean energy, Nonprofit Energy Alliance and Groundswell are here to guide you through that process in the coming weeks.

If you are new to the possibility of saving money while switching to cleaner energy that protects the environment and builds a greener economy:

The NPEA (a project of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Nonprofit Roundtable/Nonprofit Montgomery) is partnering with Groundswell on a spring opportunity.   To date over 230 organizations have saved more than $1 million on their energy bills through the Community Power Program and the NPEA. By switching to wind power, we have reduced emissions from gas and coal to take the equivalent of 17,000 cars off the road for one year.  For more information:

The Nonprofit Energy Alliance (NPEA) and Groundswell Announce a Dynamic New Partnership Which Will Expand Opportunities for Nonprofits to Acquire Green Energy at a Reduced Cost and with Enhanced Consumer Protections.

The partnership brings together NPEA and Groundswell’s group purchasing efforts. With greater collective buying power for Maryland and DC-based nonprofits, Groundswell will increase its ability to negotiate favorable contracts with clean energy suppliers chosen via a competitive bidding process. Organizing for the first combined group purchase will begin in December.

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NPEA VIII Saves Local NGO’s ‘Green’ with Green Energy

We are pleased to announce the results of NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE VIII, the eighth cohort of this endeavor. The Center for Economic and Policy Research Inc., DC Scores, First Baptist Church of Ken Gar, Friends of the Library Montgomery County, Great Hope Homes 2001, the Humanities Council of DC, Latino Economic Development Corporation, Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Mercy Health Clinic, Metro TeenAIDS, Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Washington Revels Inc., A Wider Circle, and Vesta have joined or returning to NPEA and purchased a total of 1.00  million kWh in wind power; equivalent to offsetting 3,088,676 pounds of carbon dioxide or to taking 292 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year.

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Non-Profit Energy Alliance recognized for outstanding contribution to Maryland’s clean energy economy

On September 18, 2012, the Non-Profit Energy Alliance was presented with the Partnership Award from the Maryland Clean Energy Center during the Maryland Clean Energy Summit 2012. Pictured are Thuy Le, Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington; Suzan Jenkins, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; Chuck Bean, Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington; Hope Gleicher, Nonprofit Montgomery; and Eric Coffman, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.

We’d also like to congratulate Eric on receiving this year’s Bright Light Award!

Non-Profit Energy Alliance on Montgomery Week in Review

Want to learn more about why and how the Non-Profit Energy Alliance was founded? Hear from Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County CEO Suzan Jenkins during an interview on Montgomery Week in Review in the video below!

Announcing the results of NPEA V!

We had 31 participants in this round, making NPEA V the biggest round yet! Collectively, these 31 participants saved approximately $145,000 over a one year period compared to Standard Offer Service Rates.The aggregated total Wind Power purchased is about 11.7 million KWh, which is equivalent to offsetting 17,894,392 pounds of Carbon Dioxide or to taking 1,592 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year! Click here to view the list of participants, or download the press release here.

Wondering what everyday steps your organization can take to go green? Visit our Resources page to view the Strategies for Saving Money by Greening Your Non-Profit, prepared by Montgomery County’s Department of Economic Development!

Non-Profit Energy Alliance is one of Washingtonian’s 2012 Green Giants!

We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of Washingtonian Magazine’s 2012 Green Awards! Pick up the May 2012 issue of Washingtonian or click here to view the feature.

Montgomery County Council and Council President Berliner Honor the Non-Profit Energy Alliance for Environmental Leadership

On December 13, 2011, the Non-Profit Energy Alliance was recognized by Montgomery County Council and Council President Berliner for environmental leadership. Pictured are Ron Rodriguez, Clean Currents; Hope Gleicher, Nonprofit Montgomery; Anthony Carter, Nonprofit Roundtable; Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner; Suzan Jenkins, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; and Scott Birdsong, GUIDE, Inc.

About the Non-Profit Energy Alliance

Since its inception in May 2010, the Non-Profit Energy Alliance is now comprised of 66 leading-edge nonprofits that will collectively save an estimated $542,769 compared to standard energy service, while supporting clean sources of energy that are essential to protecting our environment and building a new economy. The wind power purchased through this alliance offsets about 44.74 million pounds of CO2, which is equivalent to removing 4,197cars off the roads. Participating nonprofits used their collective purchasing power to save on a fixed expense, freeing up resources for essential services while also implementing environmentally sustainable business practices. View a list of participating non-profits here.

The Non-Profit Energy Alliance is a collaboration between the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Nonprofit Montgomery and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington.