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December 15, 2004

Major Corporations Buy 62 Megawatts of Green Power in 2004

The World Resources Institute (WRI) announced on December 7th that the members of its Green Power Market Development Group have bought 62 megawatts (MW) of electricity from renewable energy sources over the past year. The Green Power Group is a WRI project that established a unique partnership dedicated to building corporate markets for green power. Its members are Alcoa Inc., Cargill Dow LLC, Delphi Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, FedEx Kinko's, General Motors Corporation, IBM, Interface Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Pitney Bowes, and Staples.

The 62 MW of green power—enough to power 46,000 homes—represents purchases made for more than 80 facilities in 18 states. It includes 39 MW of certified renewable energy credits (supporting 21 MW of biomass power and 18 MW of wind power), 21 MW of power from landfill gas (supported by DuPont and Johnson & Johnson), and 2 MW of wind and solar power installed at facilities owned by Johnson & Johnson and IBM. In addition, Staples is installing two 280-kilowatt solar power systems at facilities in California. According to WRI, five of the Green Power Group members now draw on renewable energy for 10 percent or more of their power needs in the United States. See the WRI press release.