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Sandy Alexander Increases Wind Power Commitment to 100%

Press release from the issuing company

[CLIFTON, NJ, January 4, 2006] -- Sandy Alexander, Leaders in Printing and the Environment, today announced that it will purchase 100% of its electric power from clean, renewable wind-generated sources, a doubling of the wind-power purchase level announced in November, 2005. Sandy Alexander’s purchase of 9,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of wind power makes the company the largest consumer of green power in the printing and publishing sector, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. Sandy Alexander’s seven-year commitment to purchase of NewWind Energy from Pennsylvania-based Community Energy will include at least 1,000 MWh per year of power from the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm, which was dedicated on December 12, 2005 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm is the first commercial wind project in New Jersey, and the nation’s first coastal wind farm. The balance of Sandy Alexander’s wind energy will come from other wind turbine installations across the United States. The increase in Sandy Alexander’s commitment to wind-generated electricity coincides with the company’s decrease in dependence on natural gas by 10,392,760 cubic feet per year, beginning this month. The reduction in natural gas usage, equivalent to 34% of the company’s 2005 consumption, is being accomplished through the installation of a highly energy efficient Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) which is used to destroy the volatile organic compound emissions (VOCs) generated in the web printing process. Replacing two existing afterburners, Sandy Alexander’s new CleanSwitch RTO will achieve 99.5% efficiency in the destruction of VOCs, with highly significant reductions in the amount of natural gas and electric power required to destroy emissions. In addition to an annual reduction of more than 10 million cubic feet of natural gas, the new RTO will save nearly 164,000 kilowatts of electricity per year. "As a leader in the commercial printing industry, we recognize the importance of helping our clients achieve their environmental and sustainability objectives." stated Roy Grossman, Sandy Alexander’s President and CEO. "We are very pleased to be able to further our mutual commitment to the environment by increasing our purchase of wind-generated electricity to 100%, enabling all of our clients to share in the benefits of printing with green power." "We are equally proud of our ability to improve the environmental performance of our web printing operations and simultaneously reduce our dependence on natural gas," Grossman added. "With our new RTO technology, Sandy Alexander is both significantly more energy efficient and cost effective at a time when the price of fossil fuels has risen substantially. We think this is a great example of how being environmentally responsible is also good for business." "Sandy Alexander is a leader among many successful businesses now putting energy and environment into their product choices. This single largest purchase moves the power-dependent printing and publishing industry toward a cleaner, more secure energy future," said Brent Alderfer president and CEO of Community Energy.

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