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Date: September 30, 2003
For Immediate Release

Contact: Linda Clerkson
Utility Communications Manager
Phone: (650) 329-2656

Lockheed 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 leadership."

"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.

About PaloAltoGreen

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 (, assuring the high environmental quality of Palo Alto's renewable energy product.

City of Palo Alto Utilities customers can sign up for PaloAltoGreen by sending an email including customer address and telephone number to 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

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 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 for more information.


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