EPA, Fortune 500 Companies in Green Power Drive

EPA, Fortune 500 Companies in Green Power Drive

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the start of the Green Power Partnership, a new voluntary program "aimed at boosting the market for power alternatives that reduce the environmental and health risks of conventional electricity generation."

The program's founding partners, which include 20 Fortune 500 companies, are making a commitment to procure more than 280,000 megawatt-hours of green power over the next year. This commitment will prevent the emission of 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide, a global warming gas.

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is also a founding partner, and has committed to buy green power for its Denver facilities, which include the Denver Regional Office, the Golden Field Office, and the National Renewable
Energy Laboratory (NREL).

"A growing number of organizations recognize that green power is increasingly available and offers the next logical step in environmental responsibility," said EPA Administrator Christie Whitman.

Green power is electricity generated by renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water (hydro), geothermal, biomass (combustion of organic materials), and biogas (combustion of naturally-produced methane). Partners in the program must pledge a switch to Green Power for a portion of their electricity needs within the next year In return, EPA provides technical assistance and public recognition.

Founding Partners in the Green Power Partnership include:

3M Research Boulevard Facility, Austin, Texas; Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, Olympia, Wash.; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Cascade Engineering (Grand Rapids, Mich.)-- Michigan facilities; City of Chicago; City of Portland, Ore.; City of Santa Monica, Calif.; Connecticut College, New London; Fetzer Vineyards (Hopland, Calif.) -- production facilities; Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, Mich.) -- United States manufacturing facilities; General Motors (Detroit, Mich.) -- Service, Parts & Operations facilities; Interface Flooring Systems, Troup County, Ga.; Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, N.J.) -- select facilities in California, New Jersey and Texas; Kinko's (Ventura, Calif.); New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.; Steelcase (Grand Rapids, Mich.) - - Corporate Headquarters; U.S. Dept.of Energy -- Denver offices: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Regional Field Office, Golden Field Office; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -- select facilities nationwide; University of Colorado (Boulder) -- Student Union; Xantrex Technologies (Arlington, Wash.).

For further technical information on the Green Power Partnership, phone Kurt Johnson in EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs at 202-564-3481.