Washington, D.C. [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] For the past three years, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and members of its Green Power Market Development Group have worked to establish a corporate market for green power. In 2004, the organizations’ partnership secured 62 MW of new renewable energy purchases and projects, bringing their three-year total to 174 MW.WRI made the announcement at the renewable energy summit held by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) in Washington, D.C. “Renewable energy is critical to national security,” said Jonathan Lash, President of the World Resources Institute, presenting at the ACORE conference. “Ever since President Nixon pledged we would be free of oil, our national import average has increased. Now it’s a regular drumbeat of information telling use that we are changing the world we live in.” Companies involved in the Green Power Group are Alcoa., Cargill Dow, Delphi Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, FedEx Kinko’s, General Motors, IBM, Interface, Johnson and Johnson, Pitney Bowes, and Staples. Renewable energy certificates (REC) purchased by these companies in 2004 is enough to power 46,000 homes, and REC’s were purchased from more than 80 facilities in 18 states. Six of the group partners; Alcoa, Delphi Corporation, FedEx Kinko’s, Interface, Johnson and Johnson, and Pitney Bowes, purchased 39 MW, more than 210 million kWh per year of new Green-e certified RECs. This supports 21 MW of biomass generation and 18 MW of wind generation. This total of 39 MW in biomass and wind RECs was in addition to another 21 MW of landfill gas, and another 2 MW wind and solar. At several facilities, DuPont and Johnson and Johnson will be using landfill gas instead of natural gas for on-site energy generation. Johnson and Johnson and IBM increased their use of wind power for facilities in the U.S. Staples is installing two 280 kW on-site solar power systems in California. “Renewable energy is available, affordable and offers companies economic and environmental benefits today,” said Lash. “Natural gas prices, electricity reliability issues, and environmental concerns are all driving companies to diversify their energy purchases.” Many sectors besides corporations have expanded their voluntary green power purchases since 2000, according to WRI. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that government agencies now buy over 620 million kWh of green power per year, while U.S. military installations purchase 360 million kWh and major universities purchase 150 million kWh per year. Convened by WRI in 2000, the Green Power Group’s goal is to create 1,000 MW of new cost-competitive green power for corporate markets by 2010. In 2004, WRI and the Green Power Group were selected for the “Green Power Pilot Award” by the Center for Resource Solutions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy for groundbreaking work in developing corporate green power markets in the U.S. “Such large purchases by well-known Fortune 500 companies signal that renewable energy is coming into the mainstream,” said ACORE President Michael Eckhart.