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Utah and California Organizations Buy Green Power
Recent green power purchases by two non-profit organizations and one commercial company - one in Utah, and two in California - demonstrate how such purchases can support an organization's mission.
In Utah, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) signed up for 1100 kilowatt-hours of wind power per month from Utah Power's "Blue Sky" wind power program. The wind power will cost SUWA an extra $32.45 per month. SUWA aims to protect Utah wilderness, and campaigns against oil and natural gas exploration in the area, so the wind power purchase is in line with the organization's goals. See the PacifiCorp press release.
In California, the Energy Foundation has offset 100 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions through the purchase of green tags from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). The green tag purchase supports wind and solar power from new facilities in the Pacific Northwest, and matches the foundation's goal of promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy in the United States and China. According to the Energy Foundation, its domestic operations create the equivalent of 504 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Air travel is responsible for 80 percent of the Energy Foundation's emissions, natural gas consumption 15 percent, employee commuting 4 percent and electricity consumption 1 percent. The cost of the green tags is approximately $23 per ton of carbon dioxide, or nearly $11,600 per year. See the Energy Foundation press release (PDF 47 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.
The Schott Applied Power Corporation (SAPC) followed the Energy Foundation's lead on July 2nd when it, too, bought BEF green tags for its Rockland, California, headquarters. SAPC, a leading distributor of solar power systems, purchased green tags to cover the facility's electrical use for the next three years, estimated at 80,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The company specifically requested that 5 percent of its Green Tags come from new solar electric facilities in order to support the market for solar power. See the SAPC press release.