Green Mountain Energy(SM) Signs First Large Commercial Customer for 100% Renewable Energy
Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc. Chooses Wind for the Future 2.0(SM)
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT — July 19, 1999 — Green Mountain Energy(SM) has signed Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc. as its first Wind for the Future 2.0(SM) large commercial customer. Green Mountain Energy(SM) will serve Birkenstock's U.S. corporate headquarters and distribution center located in Marin County, California, and its premier retail store located in San Francisco. Wind for the Future 2.0(SM) consists of 100% renewable energy — 25% of which will come from newly constructed wind turbines as they become operational. Both of Green Mountain Energy(SM)'s electric blends, Wind for the Future 2.0(SM) and 100% Renewable Power 2.0(SM), are dramatically cleaner than typical California power. The announcement was made at the Birkenstock Store located in San Francisco, with Birkenstock President Margot Fraser, U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson and Green Mountain Energy's President of the Western Region Julie Blunden.
"We chose Green Mountain Energy(SM) because of its commitment to building new sources of renewable energy," says Margot Fraser, Birkenstock President. "Being a leading company in the switch to 'renewable' energy, we hope we'll raise awareness that choosing environmentally sound practices is here and now. It's an important message for our company, for our customers, and for other businesses as well."
"The new partnership between Birkenstock and Green Mountain Energy(SM) is just another example of how electricity competition encouraged a choice to those looking for an alternative clean and efficient energy source," U.S. Energy Secretary Richardson said. "Today's announcement demonstrates the possibilities when a successful footwear company and an electricity provider find common ground in the movement to restore a balance between the needs of humanity and the needs of the environment."
"Birkenstock's commitment to the environment is reflected in its manufacturing and corporate practices, its use of renewable resources, like cork, in its shoes and now its selection of Green Mountain Energy(SM) as its energy provider," says Julie Blunden, President of the Western Region for Green Mountain Energy(SM). "We're proud to be the energy provider of choice for Birkenstock."
Other organizations that have chosen Green Mountain Energy(SM) as their renewable energy supplier include the twelve churches from the Episcopal Diocese of California, the UC Berkeley Students' Cooperative Association, the Union of Concerned Scientists located in Berkeley, California and Real Goods Trading Co. of Ukiah, California.
Secretary Richardson recently announced a new Energy Department initiative to dramatically increase the use of wind energy to five percent by the year 2020. Green Mountain Energy(SM) customer demand for wind power has resulted in the construction of three large-scale turbines in San Gorgonio Pass located in Southern California, one of the most energetic wind sites in the country.
Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc. Information
Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc., is the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of German-made Birkenstock products. The company's founder and President Margot Fraser, brought Birkenstock to the United States more than 30 years ago. Birkenstock now offers over 350 style/color combinations, and the comfort footwear is sold to millions of customers throughout the U.S. for more information on Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc. visit the company's Web site at www.birkenstock.com or call 800-761-1404.
Green Mountain.com Information
Green Mountain Energy(SM) is the leading brand of cleaner electricity for residential customers. Green Mountain Energy(SM) also markets renewable generation sources to small and large commercial customers. Its current operations are in Pennsylvania and California. For more information on Green Mountain Energy(SM) visit the company's Web site at www.greenmountain.com or call 888-246-6730.
NOTE: Green Mountain Energy (GME) and Green Mountain Power (GMP) are two separate entities.
SOURCE: Green Mountain Energy