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RNP Press Release
March 16, 2004

Employee-Owned Multi-State Engineering Firm Makes the Business Case for Clean Energy

Portland, OR -- The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) today announced a commitment by the professional services firm David Evans and Associates, Inc., (DEA) to purchase Green Tags (also know as Tradable Renewable Credits) in support of clean renewable energy. The purchase represents a substantial amount of electricity produced from clean renewable energy resources (such as wind and solar energy) on behalf of DEA's 17 offices located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

 
"Our firm strives to create a balance between the built and natural environments," said CEO Dave Evans of DEA. "Supporting energy produced with clean, renewable technologies does exactly that, and purchasing Green Tags presented us with the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to these emerging energy resources."
 
DEA has been working in the energy industry for more than 20 years and has been called on to provide a wide array of professional services for energy projects. Recent work includes preparing a wind energy site certification application for a proposed 100-megawatt facility located on 2,400 acres in Umatilla County, Oregon. DEA services included fish, wildlife and avian studies, waterways and wetlands analysis, and evaluation of visual resources/aesthetics and recreation impacts.
 
DEA's significant purchase of Green Tags will result in an increased percentage of wind power entering the Western electricity grid and a corresponding reduction in the combustion of coal and natural gas. This amount of renewable energy represents an annual savings of more than 580,000 pounds of greenhouse gas (primarily carbon dioxide) emissions. This is equivalent to taking approximately 50 cars off the road for one year.
 
"We applaud DEA's significant purchase of Green Tags, which meets local and national environmental standards," said Rachel Shimshak, director of the Renewable Northwest Project. "Leadership by organizations such as DEA demonstrates that businesses and individuals alike are creating a real demand for clean sources of power."
 
About David Evans and Associates, Inc.
Established in Portland, Ore., nearly 28 years ago and ranked among the top 100 design firms in the nation, DEA specializes in transportation, land development, water resources, and energy design, planning, and management. DEA employs more than 300 professionals in Oregon. Nationwide, DEA employs 800 people in 17 offices located in six states. The firm is ranked by Engineering News Record as 42nd of the Top 100 Pure Designers and 75th of the Top 500 Engineering Firms in the U.S. CE News recently rated DEA the 29th Best Engineering Firm to Work For in the U.S. To learn more about DEA, visit www.deainc.com.
 
About RNP
The Renewable Northwest Project is an environmental, non-profit organization promoting renewable energy projects and policies in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Visit online at www.rnp.org.
 
About BEF
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established in 1998 to further the development and use of new renewable energy resources. Through revenues generated from the sales of green power products, BEF funds projects that restore damaged watersheds and support new renewable energy projects from solar, wind and biomass. BEF pioneered the sale of Green Tags in 2000 and has helped establish national standards for certification and trading. Created by regional environmental groups and the Bonneville Power Administration, the Foundation operates collaboratively with but independent of both. Visit online at www.b-e-f.org.
 
About Green Tags
Also known as Tradable Renewable Credits (TRCs), BEF's Green Tags represent the environmental benefits that occur when renewable energy replaces energy produced from burning fossil fuels on the power grid. The result is a corresponding savings in greenhouse gases (primarily carbon dioxide). BEF's Green Tags may be purchased from BEF's utility partners or directly from BEF independently of the local utility. Visit online at www.GreenTagsUSA.org.
 
BEF's Green Tags are Green-e certified by the Center for Resource Solutions (www.green-e.org) and designated Climate Cool by the Climate Neutral Network as having a net zero impact on the climate (www.climateneutral.com). The Natural Resources Defense Council, Renewable Northwest Project and the Northwest Energy Coalition endorse new renewable energy resources that produce BEF's Green Tags.
 
PatrickNye@b-e-f.org * Pat Nye
 
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