Solar, Wind Power to Cut Utility’s Emissions

September 20, 2004 [] Greenhouse gas reduction measures can take many forms, and the multi-state utility company Cinergy has selected the first series of projects that should help the company reduce its emissions levels. Renewable energy projects include donation of a photovoltaic system for the Cincinnati Zoo’s new education center, a photovoltaic array at PSI Energy’s customer service center in Bloomington, Indiana, and a wind turbine at the Wolcott rest area on Interstate 65 in Indiana. The company also plans to purchase five hybrid vehicles for its fleet. Other projects will focus on improving generator efficiency and carbon sequestration. Cinergy announced its voluntary greenhouse gas reduction program in 2003 with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to five percent below 2000 levels by 2012 at the latest. Fourteen projects totaling nearly $3 million have been selected for 2004, and they should provide offsets of approximately 360,000 tons annually of carbon dioxide. The company has pledged to put $12 million total towards reduction projects over the next seven years.
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