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Northwest Green Tag program start

A coffee roaster, a high tech supplier of components to the renewable energy industry, and a renewables contractor, all from Puget Sound in Washington, are the first in the Northwest to sign on for 100% green energy from the Green Tag program run by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). Together the businesses are buying 1.3 million kWh a year of green energy. The businesses pay a premium to BEF for their Green Tags which are used to offset the "regular" energy they use in day-to-day operations. BEF uses the revenue to help offset that part of the cost of new wind projects that exceeds the market price. "It takes leadership and courage to be the first. Making a commitment to new renewable energy is an important signal," says Angus Duncan, president of BEF. "By their actions these companies are demonstrating that sustainable business practices are good for their communities, their customers and their business." In addition to its Green Tag purchase, Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters is installing solar PV panels to reduce the facility's energy use and it is including both its natural gas use and the energy use at its Atlanta, Georgia, facility when determining its Green Tag payment to BEF, making it 100% green at all of its locations. Pam Field of BEF says one of the advantages of a Green Tag is that location doesn't matter -- a company can green its energy use even if the grid it is hooked up to has no renewables feeding into it. The second company in the trio, Xantrex, is located in Arlington and through its subsidiary, Trace Engineering, manufactures power converters for a number of applications, including wind turbines. The third firm, Global Energy Concepts, is a wind energy consultant business.

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