AmerenUE announced today that Office Essentials, Inc. (OEI)—a local, business-to-business, office products and furniture company—has agreed to support the development of new renewable energy sources via the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) through UE’s Pure Power program.
OEI’s commitment to this voluntary program will help prevent approximately 26 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 5 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/kilowatt-hour to their monthly bills, offsetting 100 percent of their energy usage with clean, renewable energy. Commercial and industrial customers, like Office Essentials, Inc. (OEI), 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 RECs from Green-e® Energy-certified wind farms and other types of renewable energy projects.
OEI’s purchase of 36 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.
Kate Dougherty, director of Business Development & Marketing at Office Essentials, stated, “AmerenUE’s Pure Power Program has made going ‘green’ easy and affordable. It is a great morale builder within our company and client base. Doing the right thing has never been easier.”
For more information about AmerenUE’s Pure Power program, please visit www.ameren.com/purepower, or contact Cindy Bambini at 314.480.3554. 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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CONTACT: Tim Fox, 314.554.4335, of AmerenUE