Mortenson Construction to Power U.S. Offices With Wind Energy

Mortenson energizes its long-term commitment to sustainability.

Nov 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Mortenson Construction

    MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Mortenson Construction
 announced it will purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) from clean,
 emission-free wind farms to power its U.S. offices. The RECs, purchased
 through Community Energy, Inc. correspond to 100 percent of its electricity
 usage for its national headquarters in Minneapolis and all six of its
 regional offices around the country. The purchase demonstrates Mortenson's
 long-term commitment to the preservation of our environment.
     Mortenson acts on its commitment to environmental stewardship by
 emphasizing the use of renewable energy and sustainable practices in the
 design and construction of its projects. In the past 14 years the company
 has completed 42 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
 compliant projects and was recently named Engineering News-Record 17th Top
 Green Contractor in the U.S.
     As the leading wind energy contractor in North America, Mortenson
 directly services customers who are dedicated to making wind energy a
 viable, global energy source. Since 1995, its Energy Group has been
 involved in the construction of 60 wind energy projects in 27 states and
 provinces. These projects are capable of producing nearly 5,000 megawatts;
 the equivalent to providing power to 1.4 million average households. In
 2007, Mortenson will construct 34 percent of the new wind energy capacity
 coming on-line in the U.S.
     Mortenson is leading corporate responsibility by example. "We are
 committed to stewardship of our environment," said Tom Gunkel, president
 and chief operating officer. "We reflect that commitment by serving
 customers who share that same interest, many of whom are directly
 responsible for bringing new renewable energy projects to life. Now,
 through our agreement with Community Energy, we are becoming customers of
 our own customers. It's the right thing to do-- we hope others in our
 industry follow suit."
     Mortenson's agreement to purchase wind energy credits will have an
 estimated environmental impact equal to saving nearly eight million driving
 miles or offsetting seven million pounds of carbon dioxide production per
     By taking the lead in renewable energy and making this investment in
 the future, Mortenson hopes to inspire other businesses to consider
 alternative sources of energy. "With a little exposure and education, it's
 a relatively simple, affordable and available option," says Brent Bergland,
 director of project development for Mortenson's Energy Group. "It's not
 enough to have a recycling program, clearly businesses need to look at
 other ways to make a positive impact."
     About Mortenson Construction
     Founded in 1954, Mortenson Construction is a U.S.-based, family-owned
 construction company. As one of the nation's top builders, Mortenson
 provides a complete range of services, including planning, program
 management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management,
 design-build, and turn-key development.
     Mortenson has offices in Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis,
 Phoenix, and Seattle with international operations in Canada and China.
 Engineering News-Record ranked Mortenson 38 in the 2007 Top 400 Contractors
 listing and recently named the company the 17th Top Green Contractor.
     Mortenson's innovative approach to building structures and facilities
 for the advancement of modern society is eloquently delivered through its
 commitment to environmental and social stewardship.
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     About Community Energy, Inc.
     Community Energy Inc. (CEI) is a marketer and developer of wind energy
 generation founded in 1999 and headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania. CEI
 is a wholly owned subsidiary of IBERDROLA -- one of the largest owners and
 operators of renewable energy facilities in the world. CEI cites its
 utility partners and customers as the reason for its success in bringing
 wind energy to market in new regions of the country. CEI developed and
 jointly owns wind farms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and has wind
 projects under development in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern and
 Rocky Mountain states.
     For more information, visit

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