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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — April 21, 2000 — Just in time for Earth Day 2000, the U. S. Postal Service announced one of the largest purchases of retail green power in U.S. history. The Postal Service awarded a competitively-bid contract to Go-Green.com, the retail operation of Preferred Energy Services, Inc. to provide 100% green power to more than 1,000 Postal Service facilities throughout California during the next three years. This contract calls for the delivery of more than 30 million kilowatt hours of electricity from renewable energy resources for each of the next three years.
"We're proud of our recent purchase of 100% green power for over 1,000 of our facilities in California. Conducting business in a socially responsible manner is one of our core values. By doing this we remained true to this value while accomplishing two very important things: the acquisition of a cost-effective energy source and the opportunity to make a contribution to the environmental health of the communities we serve," said Jesse Durazo, Postal Service Vice President of Operations for California, Hawaii and the US Pacific Islands.
Postal Service environmental manager for California and Hawaii Ray Levinson echoed Durazo's statements. "Our purchase of 100% green power from Go-Green.com for our facilities is just one element of our environmental energy program that includes a focus on energy efficient operations, the use of renewable technologies, the application of alternative fuel vehicles and demonstrations of emerging energy technologies."
The use of renewable energy resources, instead of the traditional mix of resources, to generate 30 million kilowatt hours annually will save about 25 million pounds of carbon dioxide, 60,000 pounds of oxides of nitrogen and 18,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide each year from being released into the atmosphere.
The Postal Service received technical assistance from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in developing the solicitation and evaluating the offers received that led to this purchase.
The Postal Service, with 40,000 postal facilities nationwide, is the largest federal consumer of electricity other than the military and plans to deploy 500 electric delivery vehicles in California next year.
"This is another significant contribution toward our goal of purchasing environmentally responsible products and services" said Ann Mueller, Manager of Purchasing for the Postal Service in California. "We have targeted more green power acquisitions in the future."
Dan De Miglio (415) 536-6490, pager (888) 341-2709
Ray Levinson (650) 738-2689