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RNP Press Release
April 4, 2001

Three Companies to Purchase 100% Green Power; Environmental Groups Praise Decision

Environmental groups today celebrated three Washington companies for their purchase of renewable energy to serve 100% of their energy needs. Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters, Global Energy Concepts LLC, and Xantrex Technology, Inc. received awards from regional environmental groups for their actions at an event held at Snohomish Public Utility District.

 
"These companies are demonstrating their leadership with these stunning purchases of clean power," said Rachel Shimshak, director of the Renewable Northwest Project, a regional environmental organization promoting renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest. "They are helping keep the air clean, and helping provide a sustainable energy future for the region," she added.
 
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the generation of electricity is the largest source of industrial air pollution in the nation. Renewable energy from solar, wind, and geothermal resources does not have the air, water, and land impacts of fossil fuels. Renewable energy produced in the Northwest helps keep energy dollars at home, provides jobs in rural areas of the region, and contributes to the local tax base of a community.
 
"Batdorf and Bronson, Global Energy Concepts, and Xantrex are the first large commercial customers in the Northwest to make 100% commitments to green power. They are setting the pace for others to follow, and we are honored to present them with the Clean Energy Challenge Award today," said Shimshak.
 
Each of the three businesses will be working through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to offset the environmental impacts of their energy use. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon, which funds renewable energy projects and habitat restoration in the region.
 
The Renewable Northwest Project is an environmental, non-profit organization promoting renewable energy projects and policies in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
 
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
503-223-4544
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