Manufacturers' Projects Nurture Green Power Markets

Compiled By Deborah Austin Three large manufacturers have announced clean-energy projects springing from their involvement with the Green Power Market Development Group, a commercial/industrial partnership working to build corporate markets for green power. Members of the group -- a collaboration between businesses and environmental think tank World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C. -- include Alcoa Inc., Cargill Dow LLC, Delphi Corp., Du Pont & Co., General Motors Corp., IBM Corp., Interface Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Kinko's Inc. and Pitney Bowes Inc. Their goal: to create 1,000 megawatts of new cost-competitive green power for corporate markets by the year 2010. Newly announced projects include:

  • General Motors, Detroit, is using landfill gas to fuel powerhouse boilers, and will purchase 8-million-plus kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity generated from landfill gas in Michigan.
  • IBM, Armonk, N.Y., has facilities in Minnesota and Texas buying more than 5.4 million kWh of green electricity per year, including wind-generated electricity through utility green pricing programs.
  • Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J., has installed solar photovoltaic systems on three building rooftops, totaling nearly 350 kilowatts.
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