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June 12, 2002

Four Major U.S. Companies Advance Green Power Markets

The World Resources Institute (WRI) announced on June 11th that four leading U.S. companies have either purchased green power or have developed new green power projects. The four companies - General Motors Corporation (GM), IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and Kinko's - are all members of WRI's Green Power Market Development Group. The Group's goal is to create 1,000 megawatts of new cost-competitive green power for corporate markets by 2010; thus far, the group is responsible for 15 megawatts of green power generation - enough to supply 11,000 homes.

In terms of green power purchases, GM has committed to purchase 8 million kilowatt-hours or more of electricity from a landfill gas facility in Michigan, IBM is buying 5.4 million kilowatt-hours per year from wind power facilities in Minnesota and Texas, and Kinko's has purchased an additional 4.2 million kilowatt-hours of green power per year for 42 of its stores. In addition, GM is using landfill gas in one of its powerhouse boilers, and Johnson & Johnson has installed a total of 350 kilowatts of solar power on three of its buildings. See the WRI press release.

Kinko's purchases made it the largest green power buyer in Oregon, where it purchased 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of green power per year for 10 of its Oregon branches. Kinko's also became the largest purchaser of wind power from Utah Power's "Blue Sky" wind power program. Kinko's bought enough wind power to serve 10 percent of the electrical needs of its 11 stores along the Wasatch Front. See the press releases from Pacific Power and Utah Power.