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News from AWEA: "windy gift" ideas for the holidays

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  • Tom Gray
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2004
      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
      (http://store.yahoo.com/nationalwildlife/holidaycards.html). Eighty-one
      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
      http://www.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/home.shtml .

      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
      http://www.awea.org/news/news031209.html .

      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
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