Date: September 30,
For Immediate Release
Utility Communications Manager
Phone: (650) 329-2656
Martin Commits to Landmark Large-Scale Renewable
Power Purchase from the City of Palo Alto Utilities
Palo Alto, CA -- The
City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU), in partnership with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), announced today Lockheed
Martin, one of the nation's leading U.S. defense and aerospace contractors,
will participate in its clean renewable energy program PaloAltoGreen.
Lockheed Martin will purchase 10% of its Palo Alto facilities' power
requirements, or 100% of the output of one large-scale wind turbine,
on an annual basis. This is the first renewable power purchase nationally
by a leading U.S. defense and aerospace contractor, according to
the U.S. EPA.
Derived from clean wind and solar generation sources, Lockheed Martin's
renewable power commitment - 1800 MWhs annually - is the largest
clean power commitment yet to the PaloAltoGreen program
and makes Lockheed Martin a member of the U.S. EPA's Green Power
Partnership for its Palo Alto campus.
"We are pleased by Lockheed Martin's level of participation in PaloAltoGreen,
the largest single financial commitment to renewable energy to date
by one of our utility customers," said John Ulrich, City of Palo
Alto Director of Utilities. "We hope other businesses in our community
will also support PaloAltoGreen."
Lockheed Martin's clean power commitment will provide environmental
savings through prevention of the release of 1,129 tons of carbon
dioxide, a key greenhouse gas. This is the climate impact equivalent
to planting 296 acres of forest.
"Conventional electricity generation is the nation's single largest
industrial source of air pollution," said EPA Regional Administrator
Wayne Nastri. "Lockheed Martin and other Palo Alto organizations
buying green power are providing a great example of environmental
"The company's commitment to renewable power is an extension of
a broad set of initiatives we've implemented nationally to conserve
energy and minimize our impact on the environment," stated Dr. James
T. Ryder, Ph.D., Lockheed Martin Director of Technology Development.
PaloAltoGreen is a voluntary renewable energy program
offered to all residential, commercial, and industrial customers
within Palo Alto as a way to support energy generated from 100%
clean wind and solar power resources at a low additional cost of
1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. With 1,100 households and businesses
participating in the program, PaloAltoGreen has enrolled
community participation at a faster rate than any other community
in the country. PaloAltoGreen is certified by the
nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions' Green-e program (www.green-e.org),
assuring the high environmental quality of Palo Alto's renewable
City of Palo Alto Utilities customers can sign up for PaloAltoGreen
by sending an email including customer address and telephone number
or by calling (650) 329-2161.
About Green Power Partnership
Lockheed Martin is a Partner in the Green Power Partnership, a new
EPA voluntary program working to standardize green power procurement
as part of best practice environmental management. Additional information
is available at www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About Lockheed Martin
The Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto
has been a renowned aerospace research and development center for
more than 40 years. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is one
of the major operating units of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Space
Systems designs, develops, tests, manufactures, and operates a variety
of advanced technology systems for military, civil and commercial
customers. Visit www.lockheedmartin.com
for more information.
About the City of Palo Alto Utilities
The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) is the only full-service
municipal utility in Califonria that operates sevices including
electricity, fiber optic, wastewater, natural gas and water. Visit
www.cpau.com for more information.