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Wind association urges Christmas shopping with green powered retailers

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Shoppers stuck for that perfect gift idea got a little help from the American Wind Energy Association, which put out a list of 20 retailers who buy wind power and suggested they be targeted for Christmas gift shopping by wind power supporters. "Buying their products sends a signal that their support of wind power is important to you as a consumer, which will encourage other companies to make wind power an important part of their electricity mix," says the industry lobby group. The list runs the gamut from microbrewed beer by New Belgium Brewery to wine by Ledgewood Creek Winery and Vineyards, and from fishing flies by Scientific Anglers to a hand-blown glass vase by Fire Island Hot Glass Studio. And if none of those ideas resonate, harried shoppers can always pick up a few green tags from organisations like Community Energy, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Sterling Planet or Green Mountain Energy. Alek Komarnitsky of Boulder, Colorado, for example, bought enough wind generated electricity in 2002 to light up 22,000 Christmas lights, says AWEA.

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