AmerenUE’s Pure Power announced today that the St. Louis Blues have agreed to support the development of new renewable energy sources via the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) through the Pure Power program.
The Blues’ commitment to this voluntary program will help prevent approximately 167 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), a leading greenhouse gas, from entering the atmosphere each year. This is equal to the CO2 reduction provided by taking 31 cars off the road for a year.*
Pure Power is UE’s voluntary renewable energy program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2008 New Green Power Program of the Year Award Winner. It gives residential customers the option to add an extra 1.5 cents/kilowatthour to their monthly bills, offsetting up to 100 percent of their energy usage with clean, renewable energy. Commercial and industrial customers, like the St. Louis Blues, participate by buying “blocks” of Pure Power, paying an additional $15 a month for each 1,000 kilowatt-hours used. Pure Power funds are then used to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates from Green-e Energy-certified wind farms and other types of renewable energy projects.
The Blues’ purchase of 234 blocks of Pure Power makes it a UE Pure Power Leader--a designation reserved for companies, governments or other large users of electricity who agree offset at least 3% percent of their energy usage through Pure Power purchases.
“The preservation of our resources is something that everyone can play a role in,” said Peter McLoughlin, CEO of St. Louis Blues Enterprises. “The Blues organization, along with our partners, has a responsibility to our community in that regard. It’s our hope that fans will become inspired by our own eco-friendly efforts and start incorporating simple conservation changes into their everyday routines.”
For more information about the Pure Power program, please visit www.ameren.com/purepower. AmerenUE’s Pure Power program is Green-e® Energy Certified by the not-for-profit Center for Resource Solutions. Green-e is the leading renewable energy certification and verification program in the U.S.
AmerenUE is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. The Ameren companies serve 2.4 million electric customers and nearly one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.
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* Source: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/pubs/calcmeth.htm
CONTACT: Susan Gallagher, 314.554.2175, of AmerenUE