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Gloucestershire County Council hopes to give a lead to organisations in the county by opting for electricity from renewable sources. The council has put out a call for tenders from licensed electricity suppliers to power its Shire Hall headquarters with renewable electricity. The council aims to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 30% in line with recommendations by environment group Friends of the Earth. "We are looking for about 1.2 MW of electricity or 4.5 million units per year," explains Mike Simpson from the county council. "We will certainly plump for renewable energy -- provided the cost is not excessive." The Renewable Energy Company, a recently founded broker of electricity from renewable sources based in Gloucestershire, is one of the licensed electricity suppliers who will be responding to the council's invitation to tender.

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