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Lady Liberty- Now Powered by Wind!!

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The Green Lady herself is now even Greener!

The Statue of Liberty, America’s ubiquitous symbol for freedom is now symbolically free from fossil fuels. The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and several other federal facilities in northern New Jersey owned by U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will run on 100% renewable power.  

Pepco Energy Services, a supplier of renewable electricity in the mid-Atlantic region, will provide the green power credits in a three-year contract. The energy will be generated from wind turbines.

Pepco Energy Services will supply an estimated 27 million kWh of electricity generated from 100% renewable resources to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island; both landmarks are operated by the National Park Service.

Half my family immigrated through Ellis Island and I’ve always had a soft spot for her Libertyness. This makes me proud to be an American, which is a rare thing these days.

Maybe if we use wind power, we won’t end up like this:

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Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.