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Renewables to Power National Political Conventions

June 2008 - Wind and solar power will supply 100% of the energy needs for the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Because Xcel Energy serves both the Denver and Minneapolis-Saint Paul areas, sites of the Democratic and Republican Conventions respectively, it will provide the renewable power for both events. The Republican and Democratic National Committees will purchase the estimated 3 million kWh that the conventions will use from Xcel's Windsource green pricing program.

The power for the national conventions will come primarily from Xcel Energy's Ponnequin Wind Facility near the Colorado-Wyoming border and from a wind farm on southwestern Minnesota's Buffalo Ridge. Additional power will come from a 10-kilowatt solar installation at the Pepsi Center in Denver, and from a 10-kilowatt solar installation at the High Bridge Generating Station in St. Paul, Minnesota.

To augment the renewable energy purchase for the Democratic Convention, convention organizers announced the Green Delegate Challenge offering recognition and rewards for the delegations with the highest percentage of members offsetting their carbon footprint. For example, any delegate who offsets the carbon emissions associated with his or her travel will receive a unique wearable "green item" for convention week. Through the convention organizers' partnership with NativeEnergy, delegates may participate in the challenge by obtaining carbon offsets from a number of U.S. clean energy projects.

News Release - Democratic and Republican National Conventions to Be Powered by Wind, Sun

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