DALLAS, May 5, 2004 — To kick off clean air month and ozone season, the city of Dallas will be setting a powerful example. At today’s Dallas city council Meeting, Green Mountain Energy Company representatives presented Dallas city officials with a donation of enough wind power to make electricity usage of Dallas City Hall effectively pollution free for the day. The pollution-free wind power will be coming from the Green Mountain Energy® Wind Farm at Brazos, which was dedicated on Earth Day.
The facility consists of 160 wind turbines and is located 70 miles southeast of Lubbock. The wind farm is the second largest in the state and the first built in Texas as a direct result of customer demand.
“This is a great example of the private and public sector working together to address a serious issue in the city of Dallas,” said Laura Miller, Mayor of Dallas. “With the beginning of ozone season and Clean Air Month, this is an important time to remember what Dallas can do to help improve air quality and lower the number of air pollution watch and warning days this summer.”
“We are proud to help the City of Dallas raise awareness to air quality issues by donating wind power from the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm at Brazos to make City Hall pollution free for the day,” said Paul Thomas, president and chief executive officer for Green Mountain Energy Company. “Our Dallas customers should also be proud that they have made the powerful choice to sign up for cleaner electricity and in the process have made this wind farm a reality.”
Green Mountain Energy Company will support the generation of wind power equivalent to the estimated amount of electricity that City Hall uses in a day. This special renewable transaction of over 77,000 kilowatt-hours of wind power will make the electricity usage of City Hall effectively pollution-free for the day, offsetting over 114,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. This would be similar to taking over ten cars off the road for a year to avoid the same amount of CO2
Pollution-free facilities like the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm at Brazos are becoming more important than ever. The EPA ranks Dallas’ air quality as Serious. One of the most powerful things that people can do to help clean the air we breathe is support cleaner electricity. Other powerful choices individuals can make include: making smart transportation decisions and recycling, reducing and reusing materials.
About Green Mountain Energy Company
Founded in 1997 to “change the way power is made”, Green Mountain Energy Company (www.greenmountain.com ) sells cleaner electricity generated from sources such as wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass and natural gas to residential, business, institutional and governmental customers. About 600,000 customers nationwide have chosen Green Mountain Energy® electricity, which is dramatically less polluting than typical system power in those states. The company is based in Austin, Texas.