DALLAS, June 5, 2003 — TXU Energy’s tradition of environmental excellence has been recognized again as TXU Mining received the 2003 Mining Reclamation Award. The Railroad Commission of Texas honored the company for overall efforts in planting more than 20 million trees since 1975, at the company’s mine sites in Texas.
“The reclamation award reflects the commitment to the environment by TXU Energy,” said Richard Wistrand, TXU Energy senior vice president of Fossil Production. “TXU Energy has a long history of excellence in reclamation; in fact many of the federal requirements were copied from our environmental practices.”
The TXU Energy award entry, “Restoring the Woodland Resource” detailed tree planting and reclamation efforts involving Monticello, Martin Lake, Big Brown, Oak Hill and Thermo mines. The entry also noted that parts of TXU Mining’s reclamation operations are designated as certified tree farms by the Texas Forest Service and the Texas Forestry Association. TXU Energy, in 1996, was the first energy company in the United States to have reclamation operations certified as a tree farm.
“Trees enhance the land value, provide habitat for animals, create timber and help the environment by sequestering carbon dioxide,” said Dr. Paul Zweiacker, TXU Energy director of Environment. “Since 1991, TXU Energy’s commercial pine stands have sequestered an estimated 92,000 tons of carbon dioxide.”
For additional information on TXU Energy’s environmental activities go to www.txucorp.com .
TXU Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of TXU (NYSE: TXU – News). TXU is a major energy company with operations in North America and Australia. TXU manages a diverse energy portfolio with a strategic mix of over $32 billion of assets. TXU’s distinctive business model for competitive markets integrates generation, portfolio management, and retail into one single business. The regulated electric and natural gas distribution and transmission businesses complement the competitive operations, using asset management skills developed over more than a hundred years, to provide reliable energy delivery to consumers and earnings and cash flow for stakeholders. In its primary market of Texas, TXU’s portfolio includes 19,000 megawatts of generation and additional contracted capacity with a fuel mix of coal/lignite, natural gas/oil, nuclear power and wind. TXU serves five million customers in North America and Australia, including 2.7 million competitive electric customers in Texas where it is the leading energy retailer. Visit www.txucorp.com for more information about TXU.