Biomass Adds to UPS Power Portfolio

California companies seem to be getting into the solar swing of things because of state legislation that supports systems rebates. But parcel delivery giant UPS is taking a biomass option as well with a green power purchase that will supply 10 percent of the power used at 14 of the company’s offices in the State.

UPS has a contract with 3 Phases Energy Services, which uses landfill gas and waste to energy plants to produce power. “This commitment, which will prevent the release of 2.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide, a leading cause of global warming, has the equivalent environmental impact of removing 213 cars from the road for a year,” said Mike Herr, UPS vice president of Environmental Affairs. “This carbon reduction is equal to the carbon absorption capacity of 330 acres of trees.” UPS also recently joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, which recognizes companies that demonstrate environmental leadership by choosing cleaner and renewable energy sources. UPS already generates green power with solar panels at its facility in Palm Springs, California. Facilities using green power include operations in South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, West Sacramento, Victorville, Visalia, San Bernardino, Romoland, Ventura, Newbury Park, Goleta, Laguna Hills, Cerritos, Baldwin Park and Ontario. To help cut down on the energy used, UPS has also joined the EPA’s Million Monitor Drive computer initiative, and is installing “sleep” software on 11,000 of its computers in Atlanta, Louisville, Maryland, and New Jersey offices. This move should save the company almost $145,000 per year.
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