Kinko's Expands Green Power Purchases Through Windsource Program
Press release from the issuing company
DALLAS and BOULDER, Colo., June 11 -- Kinko's, Inc. and Boulder Energy Conservation Center (BECC) announced today that Kinko's has adopted the Windsource program for two Boulder-area locations.
The Windsource program is dedicated to decreasing air pollution and the dependence on power generated by coal and other polluting sources. The first organization to join this most recent initiative, Kinko's has committed to purchasing 10 percent of its total usage at participating locations as Colorado wind-generated power, another example of the company's allegiance to the environment.
"At Kinko's, we point with pride to our dedication to the environment," stated Larry Rogero, environmental manager at Kinko's. "We're excited to expand our Colorado green power purchases and recognize the positive impact Kinko's involvement in the Windsource program will have in maintaining and enhancing social and environmental conditions."
In October 2001, 33 newly constructed wind turbines began operation on a wind farm near Peetz, Colo., providing additional wind power for Xcel Energy customers. Xcel Energy currently has a total of 60 megawatts of wind generation provided by 77 wind turbines. Today, the program boasts more than 22,000 wind customers, including businesses, municipalities, federal agencies, and wholesale customers, making it second in the nation in number of participating wind customers. Wind purchases grow Windsource because the small premium paid for "green" power is dedicated to the construction of additional turbines.
Kinko's Environmental Vision Statement, adopted in 1997, identifies the environmental performance targets the company aims for as it serves customers. Kinko's made its first two renewable energy purchases in 1999 and currently buys renewable energy in 12 states, including previous agreements for locations in Ft. Collins, Greeley, and Loveland, Colo. The company's efforts to reduce its environmental impact also include reducing energy use, offering recycled and alternative papers, and minimizing waste.
"At Boulder Energy Conservation Center, our mission is to facilitate resource conservation and to help forward-thinking companies turn their policies into actions," said Mona Newton, executive director of BECC. "Businesses like Kinko's help us to spread the message, leading by their example."
Currently, Boulder Energy Conservation Center (BECC) is recruiting businesses to participate in Windsource. BECC seek participants to purchase 2 megawatts (MW) of the recently completed 30 MW of Colorado wind- generated energy. Businesses purchase wind power in 100-kilowatt hour blocks at a premium cost of $2.50 for each block per month. The premium paid for wind is used by Xcel Energy to develop more wind turbines. Customer sign-ups determine how much wind will be built.
The United States energy security is strengthened by the addition of wind generation facilities. In turn, Colorado gains economic stability that accompanies the reliability and cost predictability of wind power. The construction of the Ponnequin, Peetz and the proposed Lamar wind farms provide jobs for Coloradoans while attracting capital investment to the state. The fuel is free, abundant, and keeps flowing without limit across the Colorado plains.
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