Four Companies Announce Green Power Purchases

Four leading U.S. companies have announced clean energy projects as part of the Green Power Market Development Group, a unique commercial and industrial partnership dedicated to building corporate markets for green power.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – June 13, 2002 [] The group is convened by the World Resources Institute (WRI), and its members include Alcoa Inc, Cargill Dow LLC, Delphi Corporation, DuPont, General Motors, IBM, Interface, Johnson & Johnson, Kinko’s, and Pitney Bowes. The Green Power Market Development Group projects encompass 50 different corporate facilities in 12 states generating a total of 15 MW of green power – enough energy to power over 11,000 homes. Projects enacted since January 2001 include: — General Motors Corporation is utilizing gas from a landfill and will use gas from another landfill as fuel for powerhouse boilers. GM also will purchase 8 million kWh or more of electricity generated from landfill gas in Michigan. — IBM facilities in Minnesota and Texas are purchasing wind-generated electricity through utility green pricing programs. These facilities now buy over 5.4 million kWh of green electricity per year. — Johnson & Johnson has installed solar photovoltaic systems totaling nearly 350 kilowatts on the rooftops of three buildings. — Kinko’s has added renewable power purchases at 42 branches, for a total of 80 nationwide. New commitments are expected to add 4.2 million kWh per year in green power purchases, including electricity from wind farms, landfill gas, geothermal sources, “green tags,” and a mix of landfill gas and small hydroelectric power. “The projects announced today are the result of a tremendous effort over the past two years to build the business case and create cost-competitive green power,” said Jonathan Lash, President of WRI. “I congratulate the group for its leadership on climate change and on advancing a clean energy future.” “Using Renewable Energy to reduce our ecological footprint represents one of the cornerstones of Kinko’s Environmental Vision Statement,” said Kinko’s President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Kusin. “For Kinko’s, purchasing green power makes a very real impact in an area that is important to our customers and to our team members.” “Procuring green power is an excellent way to extend and complement our ongoing energy efficiency initiatives which already have cut our CO2 emissions by 28 percent since 1990,” said Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, IBM Corporation. The Green Power Market Development Group was launched by WRI and Business for Social Responsibility in August 2000. The group’s goal is to create 1,000 MW of new cost-competitive green power for corporate markets by 2010. Over the last two years, WRI and the Green Power Group have conducted research and developed tools that help address the environmental impacts of their energy use and that evaluate the business case for green power procurement.
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