31 January 2002
The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PSA) has negotiated power contracts that will include 20 per cent of electricity from renewable resources.
The 12-month contract is split among three suppliers and will total 430GW of power to hospitals and the main Department of Health building.
Electricity to Guy's Hospital and the St Thomas Trust in London will be 100 per cent green.
Renewable energy is exempt from the climate change levy, which has been operating since April, and is expected to raise electricity prices by 20 per cent.
Government departments must ensure that by 31 March 2003, at least 5 per cent of their electricity comes from renewable sources.
The PSA negotiates national energy contracts used by over 90 per cent of major NHS sites.
Energy buyers have voiced concern over a lack of renewable energy on the market, which would offset the higher costs of other electricity under the levy.