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U.S. EPA recognizes IBM as top green power purchaser

IBM ranks tenth on the U.S. EPA's Top 25 green power purchasers in the Green Power Partnership

11 Jul 2006 -- IBM is being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of its Top 25 green power purchasers in the Green Power Partnership. The company ranked tenth on the list for its voluntary purchase of 93,725,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power. IBM purchases this green power from 3 Phases Energy, Austin Energy, Tucson Electric and Xcel Energy. Of its total voluntary purchase of green power, 13,725,000 kWh are direct purchased electricity, primarily generated by wind power with some solar and biomass generation. The remaining 80,000,000 kWh are Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), which represent the environmental benefits (no CO2 emissions) of the generation of electricity by wind power in South Dakota.

The Top 25 list highlights partners within the EPA's Green Power Partnership that have completed the largest annual voluntary green power purchases through June 26, 2006. "Green power" is defined by the Partnership as electricity products that are partially or entirely generated from environmentally preferable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact biomass and hydro resources.

These renewable energy sources are cleaner than conventional sources of electricity that produce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas linked to global climate change. Green power purchases support the development of new renewable energy capacity.

"Purchasing green power is one of the easiest ways for an organization to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and improve the environment," said Blaine Collison, program director for the EPA's Green Power Partnership. "IBM's use of green power contributes to reducing the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use and helps promote our nation's energy independence."

The EPA, using data on national average avoided CO2 emissions, estimates that IBM's purchase is equivalent to avoiding the emissions of more than 130 million pounds of CO2. Buying 93,725,000 kWh of green power is comparable to removing the emissions of nearly 11,296 cars annually or planting more than 17,478 acres of trees.

EPA's Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping to increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. The program encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce the risk of climate change and the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Currently, the Green Power Partnership has over 600 Partners voluntarily purchasing more than 5.3 billion kWh of green power. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, local, state, and federal governments, trade associations, as well as colleges and universities.

For more about the Green Power Partnership, including the Top 25 Partners list, the full listing of EPA Green Power Partners and information about buying green power, visit the EPA Green Power Partnership Web site (link resides outside of