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Sterling Planet Selected to Supply US Environmental Protection Agency

Posted on 10/19/2007 by in renewable energy partnerships

Agreement calls for 135 million renewable energy kWh

Sterling Planet has signed an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the agency’s commitment to purchase renewable energy equivalent to 100 percent of its annual electricity needs at more than 190 EPA facilities nationwide. Sterling Planet will provide 135 million kilowatt hours from renewable energy sources to EPA over the next year.

Last year, EPA became the first federal agency to make the switch to 100% renewable energy with its total commitment to nearly 330 million kWh per year. That’s enough electricity to power 30,000 homes for a year.

"At EPA, we don't just talk the talk, we walk the walk," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson when the agency announced its 100% greenup. "For 35 years, EPA has been greening our nation's landscape. By committing to alternative, renewable power sources, the agency is meeting the president's call to green our nation's energy."

RECs help reduce emissions associated with conventional electricity sources. On an annual basis, EPA's total green power purchases offset about 460 million pounds of carbon dioxide — roughly the amount 41,000 cars emit during a year.

“Sterling Planet is honored to be the supplier of choice for the standard-bearer of the environmental movement our nation is now experiencing,” said Mel Jones, Sterling Planet President and CEO. “The EPA is a credible leader, providing a mechanism to promote conversion to renewable energy through Climate Leaders and the Green Power Partnership and also setting a positive example for others to follow.”

As a buyer of 100 percent renewable energy, EPA continues to be an active partner in the agency's own Green Power Partnership, a voluntary public-private program that promotes renewable energy. EPA ranks as No. 7 on the list of largest U.S. renewable energy purchasers, second only to the US Air Force among government buyers.

About Sterling Planet: Sterling Planet is a sustainability pioneer, having introduced the first nationwide retail renewable energy certificate choice in 2001 and White Tags™ energy efficiency certificates in 2006. Today, Sterling Planet offers the first comprehensive carbon neutrality solution: White Tags™, certified renewable energy and verified carbon offsets. Sales to date have averted more than 20 billion pounds of carbon emissions; in effect, neutralizing the carbon emissions of 1.9 million passenger cars for a year. Sterling Planet is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leaders partner, committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its business operations. Current clients include 862 corporations, 38 colleges and universities, 125 government agencies, 49 utilities and thousands of residential customers. www.sterlingplanet.com
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