American Wind Energy Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2004
CONTACT: Kathy Belyeu (202) 383-2520
Christine Real de Azua (202) 383-2508
Give the Gift of a Cleaner Environment With our "Windy" Gift List
What could be a better present for our loved ones than unspoiled nature
in all its beauty? Still, it's a little hard to wrap. So, to make
things easier, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) would like to
provide a small sample of the items that are now being made with
electricity from wind power, a pollution-free, clean, domestic resource.
A growing number of companies have chosen to use wind power for a
significant part of their electricity supply. Buying their products
sends a signal that their support of wind power is important to you as a
consumer, which will encourage other companies to make wind power an
important part of their electricity mix.
Emission-free wind power accounts for less than 1% of the electricity
generation in the U.S., but it is increasingly competitive in many areas
with other forms of electricity generation, and has become the
fastest-growing type of generation in the U.S. - averaging over 23%
growth annually in the past five years. Your support can build on this
momentum so that wind power can provide 6% of the nation's electricity
by 2020 - similar to the amount that hydropower is producing today -
and build a modern, clean industry that can move forward into the future
without the depletion of any of the earth's resources.
Here are a few gift ideas from the growing number of companies that
support wind power:
- The Enviro Electric bicycle available at Alien Scooters
(http://www.alienscooters.com/) in Austin, Tex., a company that buys
wind power generated in West Texas.
- The 2005 wind energy calendar from us, the American Wind Energy
Association (www.aweastore.com ). The calendar contains a beautiful
picture of a new wind power installation for each month of the year.
- An iPod Photo from Apple Computers (http://www.apple.com).
Apple Computers buys wind power for 100% of the power needed for its
Austin, Tex., facility.
- The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America from
the Audubon Society of Portland (http://www.audubonportland.org). The
Audubon Society of Portland is buying wind power for 50% of its power
- A vacation to one of these ski resorts near you: Cooper Spur
Resort (http://www.cooperspur.com/), Hunter Mountain Ski Resort
(http://www.huntermtn.com/), New York; Mt. Hood Meadows
(http://www.skihood.com/main.aspx), and Timberline Lodge
(http://www.timberlinelodge.com/), Ore.; Northstar-at-Tahoe
(http://www.skinorthstar.com), Calif.; and Aspen Skiing Co.
(http://www.aspensnowmass.com/), Colo. Many ski resorts have recognized
how important protecting the environment and the climate is for winter
sports and have undertaken a range of activities, including buying wind
power, in their "Sustainable Slopes" campaign.
- The "Holiday Lights and Delights" package at the Fairmont
Hotel (http://www.fairmont.com/washington/) in Washington, D.C. The
Fairmont hotel buys wind power from new mid-Atlantic wind farms.
- A tree planted in honor of your loved one at Friends of Trees
(http://www.friendsoftrees.org). For a contribution of $25-$49, Friends
of Trees will plant a native seedling tree in memory or honor of your
friend or loved one and send a card to the person you designate
acknowledging your gift. Twenty percent of the electricity Friends of
Trees uses comes from wind power.
- Christmas cards from the National Wildlife Federation
percent of the power for their Austin office comes from wind power.
- "Red, White, & Bubbly" gift set from Select Wines
(http://www.selectwinesllc.com/), which purchases 100% of its
electricity needs from wind power.
- A cookbook from Philadelphia's famous White Dog Café
(http://www.blackcatshop.com/). All of the power needed for the
restaurant comes from Pennsylvania wind farms.
- Homemade cookies with ingredients purchased at Whole Foods
supermarket (http://www.wholefoods.com). Many stores in its North
Pacific and South Pacific regions, Southwest region, and North and
Mid-Atlantic regions are powered by wind, solar, small hydro, biomass,
or geothermal energy.
You can also give a gift certificate for enough wind energy to cover
the electricity used for a household's Christmas lights. Utility
experts say that five strands of Christmas lights can use about 15% more
electricity than normal. Since the average U.S. home uses 650-800 kWh
(kilowatt-hours) of electricity per month, buying 100 kWh of wind power
would be enough to offset the pollution from a moderate amount of
lighting. Costs vary according to the program, but are usually in the
range of 2.5¢/kWh, so a purchase of 100 kWh would cost about $2.50.
Many utilities offer their customers a green power option. If your
utility does not, you can still purchase green tags from a couple of
nation-wide green tags marketers. To find out what green power products
are available in your area, use the EPA's Green Power Locator at
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/locator.html , or go to the U.S.
Department of Energy's Green Power Network site at
For some background on green power, go to the AWEA Green Power Web site
at http://www.awea.org/greenpower/index.html . To see a list of
companies making a commitment to green power, go to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership Web
site at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower .
If you buy a gift from one of the companies listed above, be sure to
tell them that you are purchasing from them to support their clean
energy purchase because clean air and water is the best gift we can give
to our children. This is the second annual windy holiday press release.
For even more gift ideas, see last year's recommendations at
AWEA, formed in 1974, is the national trade association of the U.S.
wind energy industry. The association's membership includes turbine
manufacturers, wind project developers, utilities, academicians, and
interested individuals. More information on wind energy is available at
the AWEA web site: www.awea.org