HOUSTON, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, one of the largest retail electric providers in the country, announced today that it will donate 2,000 renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to offset 100 percent of the projected energy consumption at the 2011 US Open held from Aug. 26 through Sep. 11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow - Corona Park in Flushing, NY.
Each REC represents the environmental attributes of electricity generated from wind, solar or other Green-e® certified renewable power facilities. Organizations may use the certificates to offset their indirect greenhouse gas emissions and help support the operation and development of domestic sources of cleaner, renewable energy. Green-e® is the nation's leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the retail market.
"We are proud to be affiliated with one of the world's premier sporting events, and to be able to support the USTA's environmental mission and programming," said David Coffman, Vice President of Marketing for GDF SUEZ Energy Resources. "It is a wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability while furthering the Association's 'green' initiatives."
"This reflects the USTA's continuing effort to reduce the environmental impact of the US Open and to help educate tennis fans about the benefits and importance of being more eco-friendly," said Joseph Crowley, Senior Director of USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Operations. "We want to make the Open the greenest, most sustainable tournament in the world, and GDF SUEZ Energy Resources is helping us do that."
The US Open grew out of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the US National Championship, which for men's singles was first contested in 1881. Since 1987, the US Open has been the fourth and final major tennis tournament comprising the Grand Slam each year, following the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
The United States Tennis Association is the national governing body for tennis in the United States.
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA is one of the largest non-residential retail energy suppliers in the U.S. and currently serves commercial and industrial customers in 12 markets: Delaware, Texas, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. The company serves over 73,000 accounts for customers having a peak demand ranging from 50 KW to more than 200 MW, with an estimated peak load totaling nearly 10,000 MW.
For more about GDF SUEZ Energy Resources, visit www.gdfsuezenergyresources.com or call 1-866-999-8374. Follow GDF SUEZ Energy Resources on Facebook and Twitter: @GDFSUEZEnergy. GDF SUEZ Energy Resources is part of International Power, which in North America manages a range of energy businesses in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, including electricity generation and cogeneration, natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution and sales, asset-based trading and origination, and retail energy sales and related services to commercial and industrial customers.
International Power is listed on the London Stock Exchange with ticker symbol IPR. GDF SUEZ holds a 70% interest in International Power plc. For more information, please visit http://www.iprplc-gdfsuez.com and www.gdfsuez.com.
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