Obama to feds: Bulk up on green power

President Obama on Thursday will order the federal government to use renewables for 20 percent of its electricity needs by 2020.

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The Associated Press first reported the news and obtained a copy of the executive order to be released Thursday.

The White House confirmed the report to The Hill.

It will nearly triple the use of the federal government's renewable sources and apply to all federal agencies, civilian and military.

"The federal government occupies nearly 500,000 buildings, operates 600,000 vehicles and purchases more than $500 billion per year in goods and services," the AP reported late Wednesday.

"The government currently has a goal of using 7.5 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, but Obama said recent increases in renewable energy supplies make the new 20 percent goal achievable by 2020," the news service added.