Three Puget Sound Companies Plug in to 100% Green Energy

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Bonneville Environmental Foundation

    PORTLAND, Ore., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Three Puget Sound companies
 announced today their purchase of Green Tags sourced by the Bonneville
 Environmental Foundation(1) (BEF) in an amount equal to 100% of their energy
 use.  The companies, Xantrex Technology, Inc., for its Arlington facility,
 Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters of Olympia, and Global Energy Concepts of
 Kirkland are the first in the area -- and among the first in the U.S.
 -- committing to 100% new renewable energy.
     Angus Duncan, president of BEF, and others saluted this commitment at a
 ceremony held at Snohomish County Public Utility District.  Duncan praised the
 foresight shown by this group and encouraged others to follow suit.  "It takes
 leadership and courage to be the first.  Making a commitment to new renewable
 energy is an important signal," said Duncan.  "By their actions, these
 companies are demonstrating that sustainable business practices are good for
 their communities, their customers and their business."
     Green Tags are the environmental attributes of new renewable energy which
 are sold separated from the actual energy output, representing the
 environmental benefit that occurs when new renewable energy replaces
 traditional forms of power generation.  By purchasing Green Tags, these buyers
 are providing critical added financing that brings new renewables, like wind
 and solar, into the Region's power supply.
     Snohomish County PUD is partnering with Xantrex Technologies to secure
 Green Tags for the company's plant in Arlington, with more than 350 employees.
 Xantrex subsidiary, Trace Engineering, is a leading manufacturer of components
 for renewable power systems.  "We recognize renewable resources are a viable
 solution to our country's energy problems.  Our purchase of Green Tags is one
 action we can take today that demonstrates our commitment to a healthier
 environment, helps fund construction of additional renewable generating
 sources, and reduces dependence on fossil fuels," said Xantrex's director of
 marketing, Kevin Hagen.
     Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters acquired Green Tags for their Olympia
 and Atlanta, GA offices with one purchase.  Scott Merle of Batdorf & Bronson
 said, "We purchase our coffee from sustainable sources that are healthy to the
 environment so the decision to buy renewable energy is a natural extension of
 our business philosophy."
     Robert Poore from Global Energy Concepts, an engineering and energy
 technology consulting company, said, "When we looked at the impact of our
 electrical use on air quality and thought about the implications for global
 warming, we knew that we could not wait to act.  Green Tags are an easy, and
 highly credible way to increase the amount of renewable energy resources
 utilized in the Pacific Northwest."
     Rachel Shimshak, executive director of the Renewable Northwest Project,
 joined Nancy Hirsh of Northwest Energy Coalition and Paul Horton, co-director
 of Climate Solutions, in recognizing the three companies for meeting the Clean
 Energy Challenge, presented by a coalition of 13 environmental groups.
 Shimshak said, "This commitment to new renewable energy means more renewables
 in the energy mix of the region."  Added Horton, "As a result of these three
 companies buying Green Tags, 899 fewer tons of CO2 will be emitted into the
 atmosphere annually.  This is the equivalent of the emissions of 180 cars or
 the amount of CO2 that would be offset by planting 373 acres of trees each
 year."
     "It is appropriate that we are recognizing these companies at Snohomish
 County PUD," said Duncan.  "Snohomish County PUD has been an early supporter
 of green energy and the largest buyer of renewable energy among the public
 utilities in the Pacific Northwest."  Kathleen Vaughn, Snohomish County PUD
 Commissioner said, "The key to stable electric rates is investment in
 renewable energy."
     BEF was founded in 1998 to generate revenue from the sale of
 environmentally endorsed "green power" to utilities and corporations.  The
 Foundation uses the net revenues from these sales to fund new renewable energy
 resources and watershed restoration projects in Washington, Oregon, Montana
 and Idaho.  The Green Tags purchased from BEF will come from new wind and
 solar power plants serving the Pacific Northwest.
 
     (1) The Bonneville Environmental Foundation is a non-profit organization
 that collaborates with, but is independent of, the Bonneville Power
 Administration.
 
 

SOURCE Bonneville Environmental Foundation
    PORTLAND, Ore., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Three Puget Sound companies
 announced today their purchase of Green Tags sourced by the Bonneville
 Environmental Foundation(1) (BEF) in an amount equal to 100% of their energy
 use.  The companies, Xantrex Technology, Inc., for its Arlington facility,
 Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters of Olympia, and Global Energy Concepts of
 Kirkland are the first in the area -- and among the first in the U.S.
 -- committing to 100% new renewable energy.
     Angus Duncan, president of BEF, and others saluted this commitment at a
 ceremony held at Snohomish County Public Utility District.  Duncan praised the
 foresight shown by this group and encouraged others to follow suit.  "It takes
 leadership and courage to be the first.  Making a commitment to new renewable
 energy is an important signal," said Duncan.  "By their actions, these
 companies are demonstrating that sustainable business practices are good for
 their communities, their customers and their business."
     Green Tags are the environmental attributes of new renewable energy which
 are sold separated from the actual energy output, representing the
 environmental benefit that occurs when new renewable energy replaces
 traditional forms of power generation.  By purchasing Green Tags, these buyers
 are providing critical added financing that brings new renewables, like wind
 and solar, into the Region's power supply.
     Snohomish County PUD is partnering with Xantrex Technologies to secure
 Green Tags for the company's plant in Arlington, with more than 350 employees.
 Xantrex subsidiary, Trace Engineering, is a leading manufacturer of components
 for renewable power systems.  "We recognize renewable resources are a viable
 solution to our country's energy problems.  Our purchase of Green Tags is one
 action we can take today that demonstrates our commitment to a healthier
 environment, helps fund construction of additional renewable generating
 sources, and reduces dependence on fossil fuels," said Xantrex's director of
 marketing, Kevin Hagen.
     Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters acquired Green Tags for their Olympia
 and Atlanta, GA offices with one purchase.  Scott Merle of Batdorf & Bronson
 said, "We purchase our coffee from sustainable sources that are healthy to the
 environment so the decision to buy renewable energy is a natural extension of
 our business philosophy."
     Robert Poore from Global Energy Concepts, an engineering and energy
 technology consulting company, said, "When we looked at the impact of our
 electrical use on air quality and thought about the implications for global
 warming, we knew that we could not wait to act.  Green Tags are an easy, and
 highly credible way to increase the amount of renewable energy resources
 utilized in the Pacific Northwest."
     Rachel Shimshak, executive director of the Renewable Northwest Project,
 joined Nancy Hirsh of Northwest Energy Coalition and Paul Horton, co-director
 of Climate Solutions, in recognizing the three companies for meeting the Clean
 Energy Challenge, presented by a coalition of 13 environmental groups.
 Shimshak said, "This commitment to new renewable energy means more renewables
 in the energy mix of the region."  Added Horton, "As a result of these three
 companies buying Green Tags, 899 fewer tons of CO2 will be emitted into the
 atmosphere annually.  This is the equivalent of the emissions of 180 cars or
 the amount of CO2 that would be offset by planting 373 acres of trees each
 year."
     "It is appropriate that we are recognizing these companies at Snohomish
 County PUD," said Duncan.  "Snohomish County PUD has been an early supporter
 of green energy and the largest buyer of renewable energy among the public
 utilities in the Pacific Northwest."  Kathleen Vaughn, Snohomish County PUD
 Commissioner said, "The key to stable electric rates is investment in
 renewable energy."
     BEF was founded in 1998 to generate revenue from the sale of
 environmentally endorsed "green power" to utilities and corporations.  The
 Foundation uses the net revenues from these sales to fund new renewable energy
 resources and watershed restoration projects in Washington, Oregon, Montana
 and Idaho.  The Green Tags purchased from BEF will come from new wind and
 solar power plants serving the Pacific Northwest.
 
     (1) The Bonneville Environmental Foundation is a non-profit organization
 that collaborates with, but is independent of, the Bonneville Power
 Administration.
 
 SOURCE  Bonneville Environmental Foundation