Neenah Paper Makes Major Green Power Purchase, One of the Largest in the Paper Industry

Purchase Qualifies Company for EPA's Green Power Partnership

Sep 20, 2006, 01:00 ET from Neenah Paper

    ALPHARETTA, Ga., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Neenah Paper (NYSE:  
 NP), one of the country's leading premium paper manufacturers, announced
 today that it is purchasing over 10 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of
 renewable energy, making it one of the largest purchasers of green power in
 the paper industry. Neenah Paper is also the largest purchaser of green
 power in the entire state of Wisconsin, where its mills are located. The
 purchase is 12 percent of Neenah Paper's total energy purchase for its
 Wisconsin fine paper manufacturing operations. The purchase also qualifies
 Neenah Paper for distinguished membership in the U.S. Environmental
 Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership, a program recognizing
 organizations for exemplary green power purchases. Neenah Paper's energy
 purchase consists of environmentally preferable, renewable sources of
 energy such as wind, solar, low-impact hydro and biomass. Renewable
 resources have little to no impact on the environment and produce no net
 greenhouse gas emissions in generating electricity. The fast-growing
 recycled brand, ENVIRONMENT(R) Papers, and two finishes of the EAMES(TM)
 Paper Collection (Painting and Furniture finishes) will be made entirely
 with renewable energy.
     "It is Neenah Paper's great honor to be recognized as a major purchaser
 of green power in the paper industry and as the top purchaser of green
 power in the entire state of Wisconsin, a state that is nationally renowned
 for its significant environmental strides," said Bill O'Connor, President,
 Paper Group. "Our customers appreciate and support responsible stewardship
 of our natural resources and this purchase will make a difference that will
 be heard throughout the paper industry."
     This purchase reinforces Neenah Paper's ongoing commitment to using
 alternative energies. In January 2006, the company announced it would
 purchase 350 million pounds of Green Steam annually to dry paper during
 manufacturing and also to heat the mill in Neenah, Wis. This reduces both
 Neenah Paper's natural gas consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
 into the atmosphere by 80 percent every year. Decreasing carbon dioxide by
 this amount is equivalent to planting 250,000 tree seedlings, which
 naturally remove carbon dioxide from the air. The steam was declared
 "green" by the State of Wisconsin because it is derived from a renewable,
 organic source: wastewater sludge from paper mills.
     Neenah Paper's Green Power Purchase
     Neenah Paper is purchasing over 10 million kWh of Green-e certified
 renewable energy annually from We Energies' Energy for Tomorrow program.
 This is one of only nine utility renewable energy programs certified as
 Green-e in the country. For the fifth straight year, it has been ranked
 among the nation's top 10 green energy programs, according to the U.S.
 Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Green-e is the
 nation's leading independent certification and verification program for
 renewable energy products and is managed by the Center for Resource
 Solutions, a nonprofit
     organization working to build a robust renewable energy market by
 increasing demand and supply of renewable resources.
     "We are extremely pleased to have Neenah Paper participating in the
 Energy for Tomorrow program," said Wally Kunicki, We Energies vice
 president - Customer Relations. "This not only underscores Neenah Paper's
 commitment to using alternative energy solutions, but it is also an example
 of how businesses can create better opportunities for others to do the
     Neenah Paper Now a Member of EPA's Green Power Partnership
     Members of the Green Power Partnership pledge to replace a portion of
 their electricity consumption with green power. Neenah Paper has exceeded
 the minimum purchase requirements of the Green Power Partnership, making
 the short list of organizations recognized as Green Power Leadership Club
 members. According to EPA, the environmental benefit of Neenah Paper's
 green power purchase is equivalent to reducing the CO2 emissions associated
 with the combustion of 1,037,754 gallons of gasoline. This is the
 equivalent of reducing the emissions associated with the conventional
 electricity needed to power 1,170 average American homes for one year.
     "EPA applauds Neenah Paper's efforts to protect the environment by
 purchasing clean, renewable energy for its Neenah, Wisconsin facilities,"
 said Matt Clouse, program director for EPA's Green Power Partnership. "With
 this purchase, Neenah Paper is both demonstrating environmental leadership
 and helping reduce our nation's dependence on foreign energy resources."
     About Neenah Paper
     Neenah Paper manufactures and distributes a wide range of premium and
 specialty paper grades, with leading positions in many of its markets and
 well-known brands such as CLASSIC(R), ENVIRONMENT(R), UV/ULTRA(R) II,
 NEENAH(R), EAMES(TM) and other fine brand names. Neenah Paper is a proud
 consumer of green power and participates in EPA's Green Power Partnership.
 Neenah also manufactures many brands carrying the Green-e, Green Seal and
 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications. For more information, call
 1-800-558-5061 and press "5" or visit the web site at
     About We Energies
     We Energies serves more than one million electric customers in
 Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula and more than one million natural
 gas customers in Wisconsin. Its energy prices are more than 10 percent
 below the average for major U.S. cities. We Energies is the trade name of
 Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC, the principal
 utility subsidiaries of Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE:   WEC). Visit the
 We Energies Web site at
     About EPA's Green Power Partnership
     EPA's Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping to
 increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. The
 program encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce
 the risk of climate change and environmental impacts associated with
 conventional electricity use. Partners include a wide variety of leading
 organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, local, state, and federal
 governments, trade associations, as well as colleges and universities. For
 additional information, please visit

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