Valley Municipalities Win National Green Power Leadership Awards
Philipstown is a leader in purchasing wind power
On Monday October 4th, NYSERDA President Peter Smith and wind
marketer Community Energy joined public officials and customers
to celebrate the availability of clean, emission-free wind power
to all New York State electric customers, and to honor wind power
leaders who are helping to bring new wind energy to the state
Currently 30 New York municipalities are wind energy customers,
way for others in their community and the state to follow their
example. "Municipalities throughout New York are supporting
wind power, urging residents and business to follow in their footsteps",
said Supervisor William Mazzuca of the Town of Philipstown, a
leader in purchasing wind power in the state.
"Philipstown is proud to be one of the first municipalities
in New York to purchase wind power. Wind energy is a clean energy
source that doesn't pollute the air or jeopardize the health of
our children," said Councilman Richard Shea. " We are
pleased to be part of this green power initiative."
New York emission-free wind generated electricity is available
to all New York customers. "It's time to harness the wind
of New York," said Peter Smith, President NYSERDA."
By fostering `All-American' power such as wind and solar - especially
in these perilous times - we're less subject to the whims of oil-producing
nations," Smith added.
Ron Kamen, Community Energy's NYS Director, noted that the New
Wind Energy purchased by the thirty NYS municipal customers have
offset Carbon Dioxide emissions by 15 million pounds per year-the
equivalent environmental cleansing as planting one million trees.
NYSERDA studies have found that New York has the potential for
at least 10,000 MW's of wind power - enough to supply 20% of the
state's electricity needs.
"Municipal and other customers are directly driving a change
in the local power mix and helping to create clean, renewable
energy sources," continued Kamen. "If enough customers
sign up, we can have a ten-fold increase in NYS wind power within
the next 18 months. This is an historic opportunity to help create
a healthier, more sustainable, and energy independent future for
ourselves, and our children," he concluded.
Event participants encouraged residents to become wind energy
customers by calling Community Energy at 1-866-WIND-123; or by
logging onto New Wind
Energy. More information is also available at Community