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August 14, 2002

Salt Lake City Becomes Utah's Largest Wind Power Buyer

Salt Lake City signed an agreement in late July to purchase 35,000 kilowatt-hours of wind-generated electricity per month, making the city the largest buyer of wind power in Utah. The purchase of "Blue Sky" energy from Utah Power supports both the Salt Lake City Green program and the city's Local Climate Action Plan. That action plan aims for the entire city to meet the Kyoto Protocol goal of a 7 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2012.

Utilities throughout the country are now offering so-called green power through programs similar to Utah Power's Blue Sky program. In the southeast, for example, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) offers a program called the Green Power Switch. In early July, an additional 26 local utilities in TVA's service area began offering the Green Power Switch program to their customers. The utilities are located in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. See the July 2nd press releases on the TVA Web site.

Is green power unavailable in your area? You can still support renewable energy development by buying "green tags," which embody the environmental benefits of the renewable power-the power itself is sold into local electricity markets near the installation. Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's, for instance, just purchased enough green tags to equal 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, offsetting one year's carbon dioxide emissions from its Vermont ice cream production facilities. Ben & Jerry's bought the green tags from NativeEnergy, which will use the funds to support the Rosebud Sioux Wind Turbine Project in South Dakota. See the Ben & Jerry's press release.