Governor Rendell Leads Recipients of Green Power Awards
Annual Event Honors Businesses, Institutions, Individuals for Leadership
Wednesday, November 2, 2005 from 12 noon - 2 pm
The Hilton Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- As consumers face exploding heating bills and the price of oil, natural gas and coal going up from 100 to 600 percent over the last 5 years, Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) will honor those individuals and companies that are producing and using the energy technologies of the future at its sixth annual Green Power Awards on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 from 12 noon -- 2 pm at The Hilton Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street, in Philadelphia. Thirty individuals, private industries, government agencies and public interest organizations that are making Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic Region a thriving renewable energy market will be honored at the luncheon. A special award is being given to Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, for his leadership in passing of the groundbreaking renewable energy legislation, the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004. "This year's array of winners illustrates the depth and breadth of support for green power in Pennsylvania," said John Hanger, president and CEO of PennFuture. "From the policymakers of both parties who passed our landmark new energy law to the purchases, sellers and supporters of clean renewable energy, our awardees prove that renewable energy is not only the energy of the future -- it is a true growth industry for our state." In addition to Governor Rendell, individuals and organizations receiving the awards include: * Green Power Policymakers of the Year: * Representative Chris Ross (R-Chester); * Senator Edwin 'Ted' Erickson (R-Delaware); * Representative Michael Veon (D-Beaver); * Representative William F. Adolph, Jr. (R-Delaware; * Green Power Purchasers of the Year (Large Businesses): * Alcoa, the Pittsburgh-based Fortune 100 company, which purchased 100 percent renewable energy for its four corporate offices; * PECO Energy of Philadelphia, which purchased 10 percent of the company headquarters' electricity needs from wind power; * GlaxoSmithKline, for purchasing 10 percent PECO WIND for the company's Philadelphia office building; * Aqua America, for purchasing 100 percent wind power for the company's headquarters and two other administrative buildings in Bryn Mawr; * Pennsylvania-American Water Company, for purchasing 100 percent wind power for its Yardley plant; * Green Power Purchasers of the Year (Small Businesses): * Idyll, Ltd., the Media-based travel agency, for purchasing 100 percent renewable energy; * Ternary Software, Inc. of Exton, for purchasing 100 percent wind power; * Rx Restaurant of University City in Philadelphia, for purchasing 50 percent wind power; * Chloe Restaurant of Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, for purchasing 50 percent wind power; * Levin Furniture, for installing a solar-powered roofing system that provides 10 percent of the Monroeville (Allegheny County) store's electricity needs; * Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, an eastern Pennsylvania farming and handcrafting community that includes adults with developmental disabilities, for installation of an 8.3kW solar photovoltaic system on a newly constructed garage; * Green Power Purchaser of the Year (Religious Organizations): * Convent of Divine Love of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, for purchasing 100 percent wind power for their Philadelphia convent; * Green Power Purchaser of the Year (State and Local Government): * Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), for purchasing 1.36 million kWh of wind power for the new Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie; * Indiana Township (Allegheny County), for installing a five-kilowatt solar facility at the Indiana Township Municipal Plaza; * Green Power Educational Institutions of the Year: * St. Francis University in Loretto (Cambria County) for the Center for Collaborative Conservation and the Wind WATCH (Wind Assessment Technology for Communities and Homeowners) program; * Lutherlyn Environmental Education Program in Prospect (Butler County) for its environmental education program, and for Terra Dei Homestead, its green model home; * Radnor Township School District in Wayne, for the new solar photovoltaic system installed on Radnor Elementary School; * Green Power Awards for Contributions to Wind Power Development: * Gamesa Corporation, the Spanish energy technology company for investing in Pennsylvania, locating its North American operations in the Keystone State; * Community Energy, Inc. of Wayne, for its commitment in bringing wind energy to Pennsylvania, most recently the Bear Creek Wind Farm; * Green Power Award for Contributions to Solar Power Development: * MESA Environment Sciences, Inc. of Malvern, for leadership in the installation of solar power, including the solar array on the Pennsylvania Governor's residence; * Green Power Award for Contributions to Biodigester Power Development: * Schrack Farms of Greene Township, Clinton County, for leading the way to produce green power from animal manure with a state-of-the- art biodigester; * Green Power Award for Contributions to Biomass Power Development; * Suez Energy Northumberland Cogeneration Facility in Northumberland County, which is producing 16 MW of green power and steam from clean wood chip sources; * Green Power Award for Contributions to Biodiesel Power Development: * Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania (ECAP), for providing the city of Philadelphia with biodiesel heating oil and transportation products; * Green Power Finance Award: * Rob Sanders and Roger Clark of The Reinvestment Fund's Sustainable Development Fund in Philadelphia, for leadership in creating new financial opportunities in the renewable energy markets in Pennsylvania, particular in wind and solar energy. The Green Power Awards luncheon is open to the public and the media. The cost of the lunch is $20; PennFuture members may attend for $15. Reservations are required, and can be made online at http://www.pennfuture.org or by calling 800-321-7775 (outside of Pennsylvania, call 717-214-7920).
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