Wind Powers New York Brewery

The Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn plant and headquarters will convert to 100 percent wind power supplied with NewWind Energy from the Fenner, New York wind farm in Upstate Madison County.

New York, NY – September 8, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The five-year wind power purchase represents the first brewery in the Eastern U.S. to convert to wind power and the first commercial building in New York City to convert 100 percent of its electric load to wind, according to the brewery. “At Brooklyn Brewery, we believe in corporate responsibility. We believe in being a good citizen in our community,” said Steve Hindy, President of Brooklyn Brewery Corp. “Buying wind power from Community Energy is the right thing to do, and it’s good business.” Brooklyn Brewery is putting action behind its corporate mission of combining good business practice and environmental responsibility. Compared to the average electric generation mix in New York’s power pool, Brooklyn Brewery’s commitment of 284,960 kWh per year is equivalent to the reduction of approximately 335 thousand pounds of CO2, 1,500 pounds of sulfur dioxide and 500 pounds of nitrogen oxides that would be emitted into the atmosphere annually. This emission offset is the equivalent of not driving 290,000 miles or planting 22,000 trees each year. The Brooklyn Brewery and CEI will celebrate this historic commitment in a 1-5 pm “Windfest at the Brewery” on Saturday, September 13, which will include a ceremony marking the purchase with statements from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and representatives of Brooklyn Brewery and Community Energy, followed by beer tasting and entertainment. Those who come to the event will receive a rebate for switching their residential electric service to wind at the event. Community Energy (CEI), is a marketer/developer of wind-generated electricity, under the NewWind Energy brand. With support from NYSERDA, CEI is opening up renewable energy choice in New York State directly and in partnership with utility and competitive electric suppliers. CEI customers include eight of the ten largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in the nation. CEI has helped bring four new wind farms on line in the mid-Atlantic region with more on the way as a result of emerging customer demand. “This is Brooklyn business at its best. The Brooklyn Brewery is committed to this innovative, environmentally friendly way of powering its facility,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said. “I hope other businesses realize that there are other clean, safe and affordable energy options that will help all of us conserve energy and protect our environment.”
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