A U.S. company that sells renewable energy will plant 10,000 trees in Texas to mark electric deregulation in the state.AUSTIN, Texas, US, 2001-05-31 [SolarAccess.com] Green Mountain Energy Company will commemorate the state’s Electric Choice Pilot Program with the launch of its own year-long Texas Fresh Air Project. The Texas company will donate the native trees to American Forests, the oldest non-profit conservation organization in the U.S. “We created the Texas Fresh Air Project because we value our customers’ choice to buy pollution-free electricity, which eventually helps to create cleaner air, and we wanted to give something back to recognize their desire to make a difference in the environment,” says Gillan Taddune. “Just as we are committed to changing the way electricity is made, we are dedicated to being stewards of the environment and supporting a cleaner Texas.” The Texas Fresh Air Project is designed to promote GME’s sale of wind-generated power. The trees will help to restore damaged forest ecosystems and provide clean air. The American Lung Association recently said the regions around Houston and Dallas were among the 25 most ozone-polluted cities in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency says electricity generation is the largest industrial source of air pollution, and is responsible for 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and replenish oxygen. One acre of trees produces oxygen for 18 people every day and, over a year, absorb CO2 equal to driving a car 3,300 miles. “This type of program goes a long way toward supporting our goal of planting native trees in Texas to restore thousands of acres of damaged ecosystems and to help clean the air,” adds Deborah Gangloff of American Forests. GME will donate 5,000 trees on behalf of new customers that choose its green power option during the balance of this year. When full deregulation starts in January, the balance of trees will be planted throughout the state. During the past two years, GME and American Forests have planted 31,000 trees throughout the U.S., including Pennsylvania, Connecticut and California. Consumers who purchase wind energy from GME will receive fixed-rate pricing of 9.2c/kWh in TXU service areas and 9.8c/kWh in the Reliant Energy service territory, in addition to a $4.95 monthly service fee. GME claims to be the largest residential retail provider of electricity from wind, solar, hydro and natural gas. The Austin company sells in Connecticut, California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The company has helped build new renewable generation facilities, including one of the largest wind farms on the east coast in Garrett, Pennsylvania and one of the largest solar PV facilities in northern California.