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State buys 92K megawatts of green electricity

The state government has purchased more than 92,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity.

Gov. Jim Doyle's office says We Energies, Wisconsin Public Power and Madison Gas and Electric have agreed to sell power that will mainly come from wind, hydro, solar and landfill gases within the Badger State.

State agencies and the University of Wisconsin System are required to buy at least 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the start of 2012.

Doyle says the new purchase equals about 10 percent of the energy consumed by the state's largest bureaucracies.

The governor says he hopes the purchase will encourage the expansion of renewable energy sources within the state.

The power that was purchased is enough to light up 9,200 homes each year.